'America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand'

'America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand'

While participation in afterschool programs that provide a safe, supportive environment for physical activity, enhanced learning, and arts education has increased over the past decade, unmet demand continues to grow, a report from the finds. The report, (40 pages, PDF), found that in 2014, 10.2 million school-age children (18 percent) participated in an afterschool program, up from 8.4 million (15 percent) in 2009 and 6.5 million in 2004 (11 percent). The report also found that one in five students (3 percent and 19 percent of elementary and middle school students, respectively) spend time alone and unsupervised after school, and that the parents of about 19.4 million children nationwide (41 percent of all children) who currently are not in an afterschool program say their child would be enrolled if a program were available. Funded by the , , , , and foundations, with additional support from the and the and foundations, the report notes that although demand for afterschool programs is higher among low-income households and minority households, low-income and minority parents are more likely to report a lack of available programs in their community and/or barriers to participation in terms of location and safe travel to and from programs.

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