The History of Afterschool

The Rich History of Afterschool


The history of Afterschool is rich and an integral part of the educational fabric of our Nation’s landscape.

This brief film highlights the beginnings of Afterschool, tracing back to the late 1880s, when our predominantly agrarian society transitioned to a more industrialized workforce which brought individuals and families from farms and foreign lands into our cities. 

Settlement houses, Community Schools, and even newly created playgrounds were all essential pieces in building the foundation for today’s Afterschool programs.

Today, Afterschool is a non-negotiable component of the educational equation for student learning and success. With working parents and single parent households, the demand has never been greater.

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