• Character
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Relationships
  • Success

After-School Programs

The Need for After-School Programs is Clear

  • Parents of 28 million kids work outside the home
  • 14.3 million children – 1 in 4 – are alone and unsupervised after school (that number includes 43,000 kindergartners)
  • 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. are the most dangerous hours, as juvenile crime soars during these peak hours of drug and alcohol use, smoking, and sex
  • The parents of 15 million children would sign up for an after-school program if one were available

 

The Public Wants After-School Programs

  • More than 80% say children need a place to go after school
  • 2/3 say that after-school programs are an absolute necessity
  • 72% want Congress to increase after-school funding
  • 73% want state and local officials to increase after-school funding
  • 69% would support a tax increase if it went towards after-school programs

 

Benefits of Quality After-School Programs

  • Improved Test Scores and Grades (higher academic achievement and higher test scores have been noted in states like California and Ohio, where after-school programs have been implemented)
  • Improved School Attendance, Engagement in Learning (students are more likely to attend class, to stay in school, and to graduate; a Los Angeles program effectively reduced the dropout rate by 20%)
  • Improved Social & Emotional Behavior (lower truancy, drug use, violence, and teen pregnancy; greater self-confidence)
  • Improved Health & Wellness

 

Benefits to Bottom Line

  • Greater parental productivity in the workplace by knowing their children are safe and well-cared for
  • Every $1 invested in after-school programs saves taxpayers $3
  • Employees say that 40% of high school graduates lack the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century workplace  skills that can be obtained in afterschool programs

The above material was retrieved from www.afterschoolalliance.org