For Jacksonville to reach its full potential as a city, we must build a citywide system so that all children have the opportunity to learn and grow, preparing them to succeed in the future. Afterschool and summer learning programs can provide the time and experiences for children to develop vital skills that will give them a competitive advantage in the workforce and improve their educational outcomes.
The following report outlines a series of strategies for improving the quality of and access to afterschool and summer learning programs through a coalition of funders, nonprofits and other stakeholders called Jax Shines.
The coalition members stand united in support of one vision: to create a citywide partnership of excellent afterschool and summer learning programs that give all youth the opportunities and supports to develop the skills that enable them to thrive in school and in life.
In the report, the coalition outlines a three-part plan for achieving this vision:
As outlined in the report, researchers from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund undertook an analysis of Duval County’s seventeen largest free and low-cost afterschool and summer learning providers to look for patterns in enrollment, communities served, cost and funding, program focus and student demographics. Much of the information collected varied because there is no standardized process for collecting and reporting data.
Among the most significant findings were:
We are excited to work hand in hand with our funders –The Wallace Foundation and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission – as well as our community partners -- Duval County Public Schools, JAX Chamber, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida and the City of Jacksonville to move public education forward and make the city a more vibrant place for our students and for the greater community.