New Publications: Out-of-School Time

Posted by on June 3, 2005

[posted from Promising Practices in After School listserv]

Harvard Family Research Project has three new publications on out-of-school time to tell you about.

We edited the Spring 2005 issue of the “New Directions for Youth Development” journal which focuses on Participation in Youth Programs: Enrollment, Attendance, and Engagement. The issue unpacks the construct of participation in out-of-school time programming, posing a three-part equation: participation = enrollment + attendance + engagement. It draws on the latest research and evaluation literature and provides research-based strategies on how to define, measure, study, and increase participation. It’s available at:

We also have an article in the April 2005 issue of “The Prevention Researcher” journal entitled “Engaging Adolescents in Out-of-School Time Programs: Learning What Works.” It examines both the incentives and barriers that affect adolescents’ participation in out-of-school time programs. Read the abstract or purchase the article or issue at:

Finally, we also have an article entitled, “Finding the Right Hook: Strategies for Attracting and Sustaining Participation in After-School Programs” in the May 2005 issue of “The School Administrator” magazine. It offers promising recruitment and retention strategies to school administrators seeking to boost participation rates in their school-based after school programs. You can read it at:

We hope you find them of interest and we always welcome your feedback.

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