ERIC Number: ED406022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Schools Serving Family Needs: Extended-Day Programs in Public and Private Schools. Issue Brief.
DeAngelis, Karen; Rossi, Robert
Noting the increase in school-based extended-day programs, this Issue Brief updates and expands upon previous findings by presenting data on extended-day programs drawn from the 1987-88, 1990-91, and 1993-94 Schools and Staffing Surveys, conducted by the National center for Education Statistics. Findings include the following: (1) availability of extended-day programs increased in all types of elementary schools, but were more often found in private schools than in public schools; (2) extended-day programs were least available in rural schools; (3) extended-day programs were consistently more available in high-minority schools than in low-minority schools; (4) in 1993-94, participation in extended-day programs was higher in high-poverty schools than in low- or medium-poverty schools, although availability of programs in these schools was similar; (5) the availability of extended-day programs increased more in Catholic schools than in other private schools--by 1993-94, similar percentages of Catholic and nonsectarian private schools offered extended-day programs. The data suggest that schools are responding to the need for non-parental care of children, and that the higher participation rate in high-poverty areas may signify the success of efforts to provide poor children with opportunities to extend their learning. Findings raise additional research questions such as: do differences in program availability reflect differences in demand, is availability adequate to meet the needs of single-parent and dual-working-parent families, and what percentage of students participating in extended-day programs do so because of parental interest in academic enrichment versus child care? (HTH)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Catholic Schools, Day Care, Elementary Education, Enrichment Activities, Enrollment, Extended School Day, Low Income, Private Schools, Public Schools, Rural Schools, Social Change, Urban Schools
Phone: 800-424-1616; Internet: http://www.ed.gov/NCES
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.