Afterschool Success: Small Cities Lead Local Innovation
Today, small city leaders face big tasks. Expanding economic opportunity, promoting public safety and giving young people access to high-quality education are frequently at or near the top of the list.
In small cities, mayors, councilmembers and their local partners have unique opportunities to make their communities places where children and families thrive. One way they can do this is by making the most of out-of-school time, including the critical hours after the school day ends.
By finding ways to expand or strengthen afterschool programs for children and youth, city leaders in smaller communities are helping them succeed in school, keeping them safe, building skills they will need for college or career and preparing them for a brighter future.
NLC has a new, interactive resource on afterschool in small cities. Afterschool Success: Small Cities Lead Local Innovation is an online publication that provides valuable tools to help city leaders address city-specific challenges and play to their community’s strengths. It provides examples of local innovation in small cities across the country, as well as a variety of tools and suggested action steps. It also includes a video.