The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), in partnership with the Coalition for Building After School Systems (CBASS), led a study tour for Congressional staff and senior Administration staff to New York City to examine the expanded learning time (ELT) model currently in use in 17 city public schools and managed by The After-School Corporation (TASC). With an ongoing debate surrounding issues of school time, the balance between afterschool and an extended school day, and the role of community-based organizations (CBOs) in providing a broader, more expansive school day, this study tour offered an excellent opportunity to acquire a first-hand understanding of a critical topic in ESEA reauthorization.
Participants heard from a diverse set of influential city and district policymakers and participated in two site visits during the trip to New York. Site visits provided an opportunity to witness first-hand how TASC ELT schools are partnering with CBOs to provide an expanded school day for students, especially underprivileged students. Policymakers and community leaders shared with our group strategies and policies designed to use expanded learning time as a tool to close the achievement gap, positively impact youth development, and provide underprivileged youth with opportunities to which they would not otherwise have access.
American Youth Policy Forum
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Washington, DC 20036