PRIMEtime collaborative featured at Northfield School Board meeting

January 14, 2011

The PRIMEtime after school collaborative was featured at this week’s meeting of the Northfield School Board. Roger Jenni (the Northfield Public Schools’ Coordinator of Testing and Assessment) presented results from the 2009-10 school year.  Among the highlights:

  • 934 youth (unduplicated) attended PRIMEtime programs last year.
  • Among youth attending PRIMEtime 20+ times last year, 95.5% improved their standardized test scores from fall 2009 to fall 2010.
  • The average number of school absences for the youth attending PRIMEtime decreased from 21.2 periods to 12.8 periods (a 39.6% reduction!) compared to the same students’ attendance records in 2008-09.
  • Over 85% of PRIMEtime youth reported that being in the program “helps me do better at school.”
  • Nearly 90% of PRIMEtime youth reported, “I want to go to college or technical college after high school.”

The PRIMEtime out-of-school-time collaborative recently completed its third year.  PRIMEtime aims to build a continuum of free after school and summer programming in the community.  PRIMEtime sites include: the elementary school PLUS programs; the Middle School Youth Center; the Summer PLUS program; the high school and evening homework help programs; and the Northfield Union of Youth/The Key.

Click HERE for a summary handout on the PRIMEtime program and its 2009-10 results.

Here’s the latest:

7.20.15City of Nfld logoThe City of Northfield and Northfield’s PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network were featured in a recent newsletter published by the National League of Cities.  The article highlights the efforts of the PRIMEtime collaborative to provide free summer programming to over 500 Northfield youth this summer.  Northfield is recognized as a national leader among small cities in creating citywide out-of-school-time systems. 4PM logo-orangeThe article notes the City of Northfield’s support for PRIMEtime, including partnerships with the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield City Pool.  The piece also recognizes valuable financial grants provided to PRIMEtime by the Northfield Area United Way, Women In Northfield Giving Support, and Youthprise. Participating PRIMEtime summer programs include:

  • Summer PLUS – serving youth in grades K-5, four days per week for 7 weeks at Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • Summer BLAST – serving youth in grades 6-8, four days per week for 7 weeks, and splitting time between Northfield Middle School & Carleton College
  • The Key – a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield, open daily to all youth ages 12-20
Partners in the PRIMEtime collaborative include the Northfield Public Schools,Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and Minnesota Alliance With Youth Promise Fellows program. To access the full National League of Cities article, CLICK HERE.

12.19.14 – As a result of the work of its PRIMEtime network, Northfield was invited by the National League of Cities to participate in its Citywide Afterschool System Building Leadership Academy last week. more »

12.19.14 – Northfield's PRIMEtime collaborative has been featured in the National League of Cities' "Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities." more »

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“PRIMEtime offers students purposeful and intentional academic and enrichment activities during those most important out-of-school hours when students are most vulnerable.”
– Marnie Thompson, Northfield High School Assistant Principal