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Extended-Learning Programs Want Funders to Take a Longer View

A new report finds a disconnect between philanthropies and the extended-learning-time programs they support, especially when it comes to top goals and influencing policy. 

The report, released last month by Grantmakers for Education’s Out-of-School Time Funder Network, found that one key mismatch is that foundations are less interested in workforce development and advocacy than the groups they support would like them to be. 

Kathleen Traphagen, who coordinates the out-of-school time network, said that includes leadership development, creating career pathways for people working in the field, and improving the quality of the programs that take place before and after school, on weekends, and during the summer.