ERIC Number: ED465430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Afterschool Alert: Poll Report No. 4. A Report of Findings from a July 31-August 2, 2001 Poll of Registered Voters.
Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
This report summarizes key findings from a 2001 nationwide poll regarding support and need for after-school programs. Participating in the poll were 800 adults over age 18 who are registered to vote. The findings included the following: (1) 94 percent of respondents agreed that there is a need for some type of organized activity or place where children can go after school that provides learning opportunities; (2) 86 percent agreed that there should be a national commitment to ensuring that every child has a space in an after-school program; (3) 78 percent agreed that taxpayers should share responsibility for paying for after-school programs, with parents without school-age children almost as willing as parents with school-age children to use taxpayer support for such programs; (4) 86 percent favored their state governments setting aside specific funds to support after-school programs; (5) African-American respondents were more likely than their white and Hispanic counterparts to believe that their states were not doing a good job of expanding after-school programs; (6) 43 percent would support a political candidate who supported increasing taxes by $100 per year to expand programs; (7) 67 percent of respondents agreed that there are not enough after-school programs available; and (8) benefits of after-school programs cited by respondents included the provision of a safe place for children, encouragement of academic and social development, and assistance for working parents. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Education, After School Programs, Children, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Latchkey Children, National Surveys, Public Opinion, Public Support
For full text: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/ school_poll_01085_final.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Open Society Inst., New York, NY.; Advertising Council, Inc., New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; J.C. Penney Co., Inc., New York, NY.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.