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  • A child's early engagement in singing, music, art activities, storytelling, and movement has even more significance because these experiences can help create unique brain connections that will have long term impact on that youngster's life. (Arts USA)
    Ten general lessons the arts teach children.
  1. to make good judgments about qualitative relationships
  2. that problems can have more than one solution
  3. to celebrate multiple perspectives
  4. that in complex forms of problem solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
  5. that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
  6. that small differences can have large effects
  7. to think through and within a material.
  8. constructive ways to say what cannot be said
  9. that the arts offer experience we can have from no other source
  10. that the arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important. Source: "Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries," 2000
  • 6th grade students who attended schools in which the arts were integrated with classroom curriculum outperformed their peers in reading who did not have an arts-integrated curriculum. Source: Champions of Change, 1999
  • Students involved in after-school activities at arts organizations showed greater use of complex language than their peers in activities through community-service or sports organizations. Linguistic anthropologists found that "generalized patterns emerged among youth participating in after-school arts groups: a five-fold increase in use of if-then statements, scenario building followed by what-if questions, and how-about prompts, more than a two-fold increase in use of mental state verbs (consider, understand, etc.), a doubling in the number of modal verbs (could, might, etc.) Source: Champions of Change, 1999, p.27
  • Reading for fun has a positive relationship to performance on The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading scores. The 87% of students who reported reading for fun on their own time once a month or more performed at the proficient level, while students who never or hardly read for fun performed at the Basic level. Students who read for fun everyday scored the highest.
    Source: National Center for Family Literacy

  • Boys and girls in after school programs are half as likely to drop out of school and two and one half times more likely to go on to further education after high school.
    Source: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado

After School Program Statistics

Research by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado confirms the importance of quality after-school in keeping kids safe and out of trouble. A 1999 study of randomly selected high school freshmen from low-income households compared participants in the Quantum Opportunities after-school enrichment and incentives program to non-participants. The outcomes showed:

  • Boys left out of the program were six times more likely to be convicted of a crime.
  • Boys and girls left out were 50% more likely to have children during their high school years.
  • Boys and girls in the program were half as likely to drop out of school and two and one half times more likely to go on to further education after high school.

The report also projects the long-range impact of these programs goes far beyond the teenage years.

"If we can provide the quality after-school programs and other constructive supports that help youngsters make it through this period without becoming involved in crime, chances are good that they will stay out of serious trouble the rest of their lives," explains Sanford A. Newman, J.D., President of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. "Thus, after-school programs ultimately reduce not only juvenile crime but adult crime as well."

Recognizing both the social and economic implications of reducing youth crime, the federal government and a few states have moved to increase funding for after-school programs, but there is a tremendous need for even more services. "If we fail to expand these investments," the report concludes, "we will pay far more later in crime, welfare and other costs." Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national, bipartisan anti-crime organization made up of more than 1,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and experts on youth violence.



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