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This article is based on a paper commissioned by the Center for Education Policy as part of a series on "Rethinking the Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education."
The April 2009 edition of Phi Delta Kappan, the professional journal for education, contains an article by Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), "Strengthen What Happens Outside School to Improve What Happens Inside." HFRP's article is one of seven that appear in the journal under the rubric, "Congress, We've Got Ideas for You!" that offer recommendations for the future federal role in K-12 education.
The six recommendations in the article offer a research-based case for continuing and expanding current federal investments in family involvement, after school, and summer learning programs and for new efforts to ensure that these out-of-school supports work complementarily with each other and with schools to promote shared learning and development goals.
This article is based on The Federal Role in Out-of-School Learning: After-School, Summer Learning, and Family Involvement as Critical Learning Supports, a paper commissioned by the Center on Education Policy as part of a series on "Rethinking the Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education." For a full copy of this and other papers in that series, visit the CEP web site at www.cep-dc.org.