When it comes to the intellectual development of our children, the hours outside the school day are just as important as time spent in the classroom. Summer time learning loss is a key factor in the achievement gap between children from middle-income families and those from families with greater need.
The afterschool hours offer their own problems—kids are more likely to engage in high-risk behavior between 3 and 6 pm than at any other time during the day. But there’s also opportunity in those hours. What if the children of Nebraska spent this out-of-school time in stimulating, learning-rich environments?
By making quality, afterschool programs and activities accessible to all of Nebraska’s children, we can make those afterschool hours the most enriching part of the day.
Beyond School Bells
Beyond School Bells is a statewide public-private partnership that supports sustainable, high-quality, school-community collaborations that provide youth with what they need to be successful in school and in life.
These collaborations provide kids access to areas of learning they may never experience, including hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. Through the process, participants exhibit increased school attendance, positive behavior and improved academic performance.