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