ERIC Number: ED498157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
New England after 3 PM: Spotlight on Connecticut
"Spotlight on Connecticut" is the second installment in "New England After 3 PM". The first release in May 2006 took a look at afterschool across the region with a special focus on Massachusetts. Additional reports focusing on other states in the region will follow. For this report, the Afterschool Alliance worked with the Connecticut After School Network to gather new data from afterschool programs and parents throughout the state. In August 2006, the Afterschool Alliance distributed a web-based survey to afterschool coordinators across the country asking questions about program funding and accessibility. The Alliance received 87 responses from Connecticut, representing 283 after-school program sites and more than 100,000 children. The survey respondents consisted of program coordinators and child care directors from across the state. Forty-four percent were community-based organizations, 23 percent school-based and 17 percent were affiliated with a national organization. The programs represented were 52 percent urban, 39 percent suburban, and 9 percent rural. Additionally, in late 2005, the Connecticut After School Network commissioned a telephone survey of 513 randomly selected parents or guardians with at least one child between the ages of five and 14. Together these two surveys show that afterschool programs: are in great demand, are serving high need populations and are stretched to the limit. According to the Connecticut results of the web-based survey, 81 percent of programs operated at or above maximum capacity, serving as many or more children than they had budgeted to serve. Forty-four percent of respondents operated in an area where more than half of their participants qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. Despite the fact that more than half of these programs have been in operation for more than ten years, funding sustainability and security remains an issue. Programs are struggling to get by as the demand for quality afterschool programs continues. According to the Connecticut After School Network survey, many more children and families would take advantage of afterschool programs if programs were available to them. Families face barriers, such as cost and accessibility. When families have access to quality afterschool programs, they reap significant benefits. Afterschool programs help children do better in school, help parents focus more on their jobs and to miss less work. (Contains 2 endnotes and 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Parents, National Organizations, Internet, Telephone Surveys, After School Programs, Child Caregivers, Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nellie Mae Foundation, Braintree, MA.
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut