Expanding After-School and Summer Programs to Bolster Academic Achievement

The city of San Jose is working to expand after-school and summer learning opportunities for young children from low-income families to help them compete in the city’s competitive economy. To support this work, FUSE executive fellow Lauren Hancock was hired by the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) to help bolster high quality, learner-centered experiences out of the classroom.

Lauren launched a technology-based platform for San Jose families to discover thousands of out-of-school activities, both at the library and in their communities. She also worked to deepen strategic partnerships with key community-based organizations, including the YMCA and the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services. With this comprehensive map of out-of-school learning opportunities and renewed community partnerships, SJPL is better able to track the impact of its educational programs in the community and develop programs that fill existing gaps, reduce overlap, and maximize library resources that will benefit more kids.

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