EXPANDED LEARNING COLLABORATIVE ACTION NETWORK

The Expanded Learning Opportunities CAN, led by the Greater Rochester After School Alliance (GRASA), works to ensure that more Rochester students can participate in quality afterschool and extended-time learning opportunities. Research shows that, as with all children’s programs, both access and quality determine successful outcomes, including increased academic achievement and graduation rates. In 2015-2016, 19 program sites, including 13 traditional out-of-school-time programs and 6 RCSD expanded learning sites, took part in the Youth Program Quality Improvement process. All staff at all 19 sites participated in Youth Work Methods training, as well as received on-site coaching. Combined, these programs served approximately 3,000 youth in their programs. Seventeen out-of-school-time program providers implemented a brief assessment of the strength of a student’s social-emotional competence. More than 1600 youth completed at least one assessment during 2015-2016. In 2016 The Children’s Agenda estimated that there are only 6,996 after-school slots available for 20,168 Rochester’s K-8 students during the 2015-16 school year. That leaves 65% of youth without access to after-school opportunities (3 or more days per week during the school year).

Members of the Expanded Learning CAN include:

  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Children’s Institute
  • EnCompass
  • Geneseo
  • Greater  Rochester After-School Alliance
  • Greater Rochester Quality Council
  • Nazareth College
  • Quad A
  • ROC the Future
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Rochester City School District
  • Rochester Public Library
  • The Children’s Agenda
  • United Way
  • YMCA