AfterSchool KidzLit Success Stories

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Albany Area YMCA, Albany, Georgia

Erin Hutchins has been working as the program director of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program at the Albany Area YMCA (Albany, GA), in partnership with the Dougherty County School System, to support children’s academic and social development. Using funding from two 21st CCLC grants, one for Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School and one for Alice Coachman and Live Oak Elementary Schools, Erin purchased the AfterSchool KidzLit, AfterSchool KidzMath, and AfterSchool KidzScience programs from Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC). 21st CCLC’s results with these children during the 2014–2015 school year are amazing. Here is her story.
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Alief Family YMCA Summer Day Camp, Houston, TX

YMCA Day Camp provides youth with supervised activities that teach core values, conflict resolution, and leadership skills. Kids have fun while building self-confidence, appreciating teamwork, and gaining independence. Day Camp activities allow kids to create arts and crafts, explore science and technology, swim, participate in field trips, appreciate nature, and better underst and our many cultures. Last summer we utilized the KidzLit program. The kids attended sessions at least three times a day (about 45 minutes per session) for four days out of the week. The sessions were divided into age groups in the morning (about 50 kids), and the counselors rotated their individual groups during the day.
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Development Without Limits, Los Angeles, CA

Development Without Limits (DWL) provides programs and services to youth and youth professionals. We specialize in serving organizations that work with young people outside the regular classroom, although much of our work is equally applicable to schools and classroom teachers. We provide direct services for youth, professional development, technical assistance including consultation and on-site coaching, curriculum and materials development, and best practice research. DWL supports after-school programs in using DSC’s AfterSchool programs with professional development and technical assistance.
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LA’s BEST After-school Enrichment Program, Los Angeles, CA

We use KidzLit, KidzMath, KidzScience, and Science Explorer. Implementation varies by site and the number of participants. LA’s BEST serves 28,000 children on a daily basis. Each site is expected to conduct literacy, mathematics, and science-related activities, as these subject areas are part of LA’s BEST Core Components. The KidzLit, KidzMath, and KidzScience programs are available at sites to enhance the activities.
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Mercy Housing, California

Erik Krengel needed to bring more evidence-based curriculum to Mercy Housing’s after-school programs and have a better means of scaling up and assessing efficacy. “AfterSchool KidzLit provided an opportunity for these kids to have a more meaningful experience and do something that they really enjoyed. The social-emotional aspect of the program created really interesting conversations that would not have happened without the safe environment the program created for the kids to share what’s going on in their life and what’s happening to them.” Participants experienced statistically significant improvement in academic skills, including writing and listening skills, comfort talking in groups, and sharing life stories.
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YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL

The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has several of its after-school sites using KidzLit. The Y-Achievers academic after-school program at the Harbordale YMCA implemented the curriculum last year as a supplement to its current curriculum, as did Sexton Elementary YMCA in its YRead program. The Westgate Elementary YMCA Summer Camp used the K–3 KidzLit curriculum in the summer of 2012 to test the efficacy of the curriculum during the summer months in an effort to prevent summer learning loss. We are awaiting the results of the fall reading assessment from the school district to see what the effect was on the students. We are using KidzLit and KidzMath daily at each site, each of which serves between 60–100+ students.