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For Immediate Release: June 2, 2011

WELLESLEY, MA-- The newest edition of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, tackles issues related to building an afterschool workforce, English language acquisition in afterschool programs, goal-setting strategies for elementary-age children, self-assessment of practices that promote academic enrichment, analysis of a social network in Dallas, and a program’s implementation of a boys’ empowerment group.

Articles included in the current issue include “Networks Analysis of a Regional Ecosystem of Afterschool Programs,” “Building an Afterschool Workforce: Regulations and Beyond,” “The Effect of Afterschool Program Participation on English Language Acquisition,” “Self-Assessment of High-Quality Academic Enrichment Practices,” “Don’t You Want to Do Better? Implementing a Goal-Setting Intervention in an Afterschool Program,” “Growing Boys: Implementing a Boys’ Empowerment Group in an Afterschool Program,” and a review of Science in the Making at the Margin.

“As the field strives to systemize the governance, delivery, and use of out-of-school time programming, much effort is also directed toward assessing the quality of program practices and the impact of program participation,” states Georgia Hall, Ph.D., Managing Editor of Afterschool Matters and Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST). “The articles in this journal augment our professional toolboxes with many carefully developed strategies for growing the field and for improving daily program practices.”

Afterschool Matters is published by NIOST with support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, and serves those involved in developing and managing programs for youth during the out-of-school time hours, in addition to those engaged in research and in shaping youth development policy.

For more than 30 years, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time has been dedicated to moving the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building. Much of NIOST’s work has encompassed projects of national scope and influence, several representing “firsts” for the field and many focusing on building out-of-school time systems. NIOST is a program of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). Since 1974, scholars at WCW have helped shape a better world through their social science research projects and training programs.

More information about Afterschool Matters, including links to current and past issues of the journal, is available at

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