WASHINGTON - African American and Latino/Hispanic children and adolescents often face challenges that differ from each other and from other groups of children in the U.S. Although a number of out-of-school time programs serving African American and Latino children have been implemented, data on which approaches work among these groups are scarce. Two new Child Trends syntheses fill this gap by reviewing rigorous evaluations of out-of-school programs to identify programs that work, as well as those that do not, and the intervention strategies that contribute to program success. The programs targeted outcome areas such as reproductive health, substance use, and physical health and nutrition.
Among the findings from What Works for African American Children and Adolescents:
Among the findings from What Works for Latino/Hispanic Children and Adolescents:
"Our findings suggest that many of the issues that compromise healthy development for African American and Latino children can be addressed successfully," says Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D., co-author of both analyses. "Although it is important to note that these strategies are not exclusive to the African American and Latino populations, such information can improve program design, implementation, and effectiveness."
The data on program impacts for African American and Latino children and adolescents were drawn from Child Trends' database of random assignment evaluations of social interventions for children and adolescents - LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully).