Out-of-School Time Resources

The following is a curated list of resources on out-of-school time as it relates to social and emotional learning and associated areas. This list was developed with input from several experts in the field of out-of-school time. Please explore these resources to learn about the link between participation in after-school programs, extracurricular activities, and community-based organizations and multiple indicators of social and emotional competence, academic performance, and positive youth development.

Also, CASEL has recently entered a new partnership with The Wallace Foundation and school districts to address SEL and out-of-school time and will have more to share over the next year.

Articles and Book Chapters

Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., & Pachan, M. (2010). A meta-analysis of after-school programs that seek to promote personal and social skills in children and adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 294-309. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10464-010-9300-6
Article available for purchase.

Eccles, J. S., & Templeton, J. (2002). Extracurricular and other after-school activities for youth. Review of research in education, 26, 113-180. https://doi.org/10.3102/0091732X026001113
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Hurd, N., & Deutch, N. (2017). SEL-focused after-school programs. Future of Children, 27, 95-115.
Chapter available for purchase.

Larson, R. W. (2000). Toward a psychology of positive youth development. American Psychologist, 55, 170–183.
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Larson, R. W. (2011). Positive development in a disorderly world. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21, 317–334. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00707.x
Article available for purchase.

Mahoney, J. L., Vandell, D. L., Simpkins, S. D., & Zarrett, N. R. (2009). Adolescent out-of- school activities. In R. M. Lerner & L. Steinberg (Eds.) Handbook of adolescent psychology: (3rd edition). Vol. 2: Contextual influences on adolescent development (pp. 228-267). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.
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Smith, E. P., Witherspoon, D. P., & Osgood, D. W. (2017). Positive youth development among diverse racial-ethnic children: Quality afterschool contexts as developmental assets. Child Development, 88, 1063-1078. doi:10.1111/cdev.12870
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Books

Eccles, J., & Gootman, J. A. (Eds.) (2002). Community programs to promote youth development. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: /10.17226/10022
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Fredricks, J. S., & Simpkins, S. D. (Eds.) (2013). Organized out-of-school activities: Settings for peer relationships. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 140. John Wiley & Sons.
Book available for purchase.

Halpern, R. (2003). Making play work: The promise of after-school programs for low-income children. Teachers College Press.
Book available for purchase.

Heath, S. B. (1999). Dimensions of language development: Lessons from older children. In A. S. Masten (Ed.), Cultural processes in child development: The Minnesota symposia on child psychology (Vol. 29, pp. 59–75). Mahwah, NY: Erlbaum.
Book available for purchase.

Hirsch, B., Deutsch, N., & DuBois, D. (2011). After-school centers and youth development. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511994913
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Mahoney, J. L., Larson, R. W., & Eccles, J. S. (Eds.) (2005). Organized activities as contexts of development: Extracurricular activities, after-school and community programs. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates.
Book available for purchase.

Malone, H. J., & Donahue, T. (Eds.) (2018). The growing out-of-school time field: Past, present, and future. Information Age Publishing.
Book available for purchase.


Programming Guides

Jones, S., Brush, K., Bailey, R., Brion-Meisels, G., McIntyre, J., Kahn, J., Nelson, B., & Stickle, L. (2017) Navigating social and emotional learning from the inside out: Looking inside and across 25 leading SEL programs: A practical resource for schools and OST providers (elementary school focus). New York: Wallace Foundation.
View the guide.


Reports

Augustine, C. H., McCombs, J. S., Pane, J. F., Schwartz, H. L., Schweig, A. M., & Siler-Evans, K. (2016). Learning from summer: Effects of voluntary summer learning programs on low-income urban youth. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.
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McLaughlin, M. W. (2000). Community counts: How youth organizations matter for youth development. Washington, DC: Public Education Network.
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Smith, C., McGovern, G., Peck., S.C., Larson, R., Hillaker, B., & Roy, L. (2016). Preparing youth to thrive: Methodology and findings from the social and emotional learning challenge. Washington, D.C.: Forum for Youth Investment.
View the report.

Web pages

American Institutes of Research (2017). Beyond the bell: Turning research into action in afterschool and expanded learning. Retrieved from http://www.air.org/resource/beyond-bell-turning-research-action-afterschool-and-expanded-learning
View the website.