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Extended Day

At both elementary and secondary school levels, some struggling students are likely to benefit from afterschool or extended day programs, even if they receive other instructional interventions during the regular school day. Extended day programs are often used by school districts to provide academic support as well as to provide a safe environment for children and adolescents to spend time after the school day ends. This entry describes the research surrounding the value of extended day programs in schools and offers some ideas of how such programs might be successfully implemented to help struggling students in school.

Research by Deborah Lowe Vandell, Kim Pierce, and Kim Dadisman found that well-designed and administered afterschool programs yield numerous improvements in academic and behavioral outcomes. On the other hand, ...

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