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Afterschool Programs Can Find a Place in the 'Common Core'

The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools.
Information Update
August 2, 2012

So says this new issue brief from the Forum for Youth Investment, The Common Core Standards: What do They Mean for Out-of-School Time? As schools and teachers prepare for the rollout of the standards over the next several years, OST programs are trying to determine what exactly the standards cover and where they fit in implementation.

The report says the standards give the OST field a window to assert itself as a necessary part of children's development and education, with the goal of complementing, supporting and expanding (but not replicating) the core work of schools. The brief describes the Common Core standards, shares examples of OST programs and systems responding to the standards, and recommends ways for how the OST field can think about alignment opportunities.