True Facts About Afterschool

True Facts About Afterschool

According to the Afterschool Alliance, the facts are compelling:

·  Two out of three Americans see afterschool programs as an absolute necessity.

·  In a country where only one-third of young people graduate high school prepared for college, work, and citizenship, we can not afford to waste the afterschool hours. 

·  Across the U.S., 15.1 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends. 

·  The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex.

·  The afterschool hours can be a time for trouble or a time for kids to learn new skills, develop relationships with caring adults, and prepare for the future.

·  As of May 2011, 4,165 grants fund afterschool programs for more than 1.6 million children and youth across the country.

·  Students who attend 21st CCLC programs more regularly are more like to improve their grades, test scores, and overall academic behavior. 
The following key findings come from the Afterschool Alliance's America After 3 PM, October 2009 research sponsored by JCPenney Afterschool:

  • The parents of 18.5 million children would send their child to an afterschool program - if one were available.  That is a significant increase from 15.3 million in 2004.
  • More than a quarter of America's school children are on their own after the school day ends and before parents get home from work. 
  • Thirty percent of middle school students and 4 percent of elementary students are unsupervised after the bell rings.
  • Parents recognize that afterschool is more than just a safe place for kids.  According to parents of children in afterschool, the top benefits of participation include helping with social skills, keeping kids safe, providing opportunities to be physically active and helping their child succeed in school.

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