2012 - After-school Programs and Parental/Guardian Impact on Literacy

2012 - After-school Programs and Parental/Guardian Impact on Literacy

Rebecca A. Olinsky, University of Dayton

The purpose of this research was to gain an understanding of parent/guardian views on literacy and to gain information on how high quality after-school programs can impact literacy development. After-school programs and facilities can have a positive impact on children who attend on a daily basis. This research project utilized focus groups at a high quality after-school facility, Adventure Central in Dayton, to learn more about the needs and desires that the parents would want. The focus groups consisted of parents who have children attending the community based program two times per week. The after-school facility is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension, 4-H, and Five Rivers MetroParks. The focus is positive youth development and utilizing nature and science to enhance young children's lives.

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