The science of learning and development in afterschool systems and settings

Organisation(s): American Institutes for Research

Date: 2019

Pages: 11 p.


The Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance is a collaborative effort to combine findings from diverse areas of research, from neuroscience to human development, into an integrated science of learning and development - a body of work that can bolster the youth development field’s efforts in afterschool systems and settings to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to thrive. This brief describes the foundations of SoLD and presents select findings from the SoLD Alliance’s efforts. It includes relevant, actionable key takeaways on relational settings, cultural competence, and trauma and adversity as well as suggestions for practical ways to support high-quality afterschool systems and settings. In addition, it gives an outline of the elements of developmentally rich contexts that foster learning and healthy development.

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