Published Online: July 18, 2005
Published in Print: July 27, 2005, as After-School Efforts Linked to Student Performance
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After-School Efforts Linked to Student Performance

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After-school programs for children from low-income families can significantly improve the children’s performance in school, concludes a study by researchers from Yale University and New York University.

Published in the July/August issue of the journal Child Development, the study found that over time, students in these programs were reading at a higher level than their peers in any other type of after-school care, such as being in the care of relatives or babysitters or spending time alone.

The study focuses on 599 ethnically diverse children, ages 6-10, who were enrolled in three schools in a disadvantaged Northeastern city. The researchers were led by Joseph L. Mahoney, an associate professor of psychology at Yale.

Vol. 24, Issue 43, Page 14

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