ERIC Number: ED438083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Afterschool Alert: Poll Report. A Report of Findings from the 1999 Mott Foundation/JCPenney Nationwide Survey on Afterschool Programs.
Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
This report summarizes key findings from a 1999 nationwide poll regarding support and demand for after-school programs. Participating in the poll were 1,100 adults over age 18 who are registered to vote, and an oversample of 100 parents of school-age children. The findings indicated that 92 percent of respondents agreed that there should be an organized activity/place for children and teens after school every day; over 80 percent believed that after-school programs are a necessity. Support was strong among both parents and nonparents and crossed partisan lines. After hearing a description of an after-school program, respondents overwhelmingly favored a program that would take place from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M., 5 days a week, and that would provide fun, enriching learning opportunities extending beyond schools' traditional academic style. School districts and parents' groups were identified as those responsible for setting up after-school programs. Knowing such programs would cost $1,000 per child per school year, 66 percent of respondents were still willing to use additional federal or state taxpayer money to make daily after-school programs accessible to all children. Two-thirds of the respondents did not think there are enough after-school programs available. Over 70 percent thought expanding after-school programs was an issue that should be addressed by businesses in the community. The characteristics considered by respondents to be important for after-school programs include a safe place in which to learn and tutoring and homework help. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Programs, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Latchkey Children, National Surveys, Public Opinion, Public Support
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, 503 S. Saginaw St., Suite 1200, Flint, MI 48502-1851. Tel: 800-645-1766 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.mott.org/publications.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: J.C. Penney Co., Inc., New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.