Health Equity: Out-of-School-Time Academic Programs – Reading-Focused
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends reading-focused out-of-school-time academic programs to improve the reading achievement of academically at-risk students in grade levels K–3. Out-of-school-time academic programs are programs provided outside of regular school hours to students in grades K–12 who are either low achieving or at risk of low achievement. Programs are offered during the school year—usually after school hours—or during summer recess. Programs must include an academic component, which can range from minimal academic content, such as supervised time for students to complete their homework or receive homework assistance, to more intensive tutoring or remedial classes focused on specific subjects, such as reading or math. To address other goals, programs also may include sports and recreation, snacks, or counseling. Attendance is most often voluntary, though students may be required to participate under certain circumstances (e.g., to avoid retention in grade).