ERIC Number: ED472726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Case: A Fact Sheet on Children and Youth in Out-of-School Time.
Wellesley Coll., MA. National Inst. on Out-of-School Time.
This fact sheet presents a case for public funding of after-school programs for children and youth. The fact sheet begins by describing the risks to which children and youth are exposed and the variety of ways in which children and youth spend time after school. The benefits of participating in after-school programming for children and youth related to drug use, early parenthood, academic achievement, school attendance, and student motivation are described. The fact sheet notes that although the out-of-school time field lacks a national professional development system, several initiatives are building components of a state-wide system. The fact sheet also points out that low wages contribute to high turnover rates among after-school program staff and directors. Information on the cost for and cost-effectiveness of after-school services is then presented. The fact sheet indicates that public support for after-school programs continues to grow, with most voters believing that there is a need for organized after-school activities. Finally, the fact sheet discusses trends in public funding, focusing on the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and investments of the Child Care and Development Fund. (Contains 54 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Programs, Children, Cost Effectiveness, Extracurricular Activities, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Leisure Time, Program Effectiveness, School Age Child Care, State Federal Aid
National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02481-8203. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; Web site: http://www.niost.org. For full text: www.niost.org/Factsheet_2003.PDF.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. National Inst. on Out-of-School Time.