Working for Children and Families

January 1, 2000

This guide jointly authored by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice updates and expands upon the “Safe and Smart: Making the After-School Hours Work for Kids” report published by the same two departments in 1998. This comprehensive guide supports the development of after-school programs by synthesizing evidence of program success, describing key components of high-quality programs and effective program practices, and showing how communities are meeting their local needs for after-school activities.