Over a 30-year period, key ingredients of impactful afterschool programs have been identified. In this presentation, Deborah Lowe Vandell will describe robust short-term effects of afterschool programs on children’s social and academic development, as well as evidence of meaningful long-term effects in these domains. She will discuss findings that low-income children may benefit the most from afterschool programs, along with emerging evidence that early childhood education and afterschool programs play unique and complementary roles. Collectively, these findings underscore the importance of out-of-school time as a developmental context that warrants further attention by researchers, educators, and families.
Deborah Lowe Vandell is a professor of education and psychology at the University of California, Irvine, where she was the founding dean of the School of Education. The author of more than 150 articles and four books, Vandell has studied the short-term and long-term effects of afterschool programs, extracurricular activities, and unsupervised time on children and adolescents from diverse families. In other studies, she has focused on the short-term and long-term effects of early care and education on children’s academic, social, and behavioral development. Collectively, her research underscores the importance of both early education and out-of-school time as key factors in children’s success at school. Vandell began her career as an elementary school teacher after earning her master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She later received a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and is a fellow of the American Education Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. Her testimony before the U.S. Congress and other federal, state, and local governmental bodies has been used to inform policy decisions in early childhood and afterschool programming.
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