James Brown, executive director of the
STEM Education Coalition, said researchers and educators are increasingly aware that after-school programs are not a luxury but a valuable piece of the STEM education landscape.
"After-school programs are not just about keeping kids fed and safe. What they do after school reinforces what they do in classroom and vice versa," he said.
The STEM Education Coalition's Policy Forum is a new 501c3 non-profit organization launched by the Coalition in 2015 to focus on developing a deeper understanding of emerging and critical STEM education policy issues. The Policy Forum aims to keep stakeholders informed about policy issues through organizing public events, publications, hosting policy roundtables, and other informational public functions.