ERIC Number: ED473515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Afterschool Alert: Poll Report No. 5. A Report of Findings from a August 13-August 21, 2002 Poll of Registered Voters on Afterschool Programs. American Voters: Afterschool Must Remain a Priority.
Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
Noting that despite new national priorities vying for attention and tax dollars, voters continue to support after-school programs, this brief summarizes key findings from a 2002 nation-wide poll regarding support and need for after-school programming. Participating in the poll were 800 adults over age 18 who are registered to vote. Among the findings highlighted in the brief are the following: (1) nine in ten American voters continue to believe daily, quality after-school programs are a necessity; (2) nearly six in ten of voters disagree with President Bush's proposal to not increase federal funding for after-school programs; (3) 72 percent believe after-school programs are an absolute necessity for their communities; (4) 90 percent of parents who say they are not home in the afternoon when their children return from school describes after-school programs as an absolute necessity; (4) 63 percent of voters are concerned that there will not be new after-school programs and that some existing programs may have to reduce services or close their doors if no new federal funds are available; (5) after-school programs are among the top five education priorities that voters want protected from state budget cuts; and (6) safety and crime prevention were major factors underlying voter support for after-school programs. (HTH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Education, After School Programs, Children, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Latchkey Children, National Surveys, Public Opinion, Public Support
The Afterschool Alliance, 1616 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Web site: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org. For full text: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/school_poll_final_2002.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY.; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.