ERIC Number: ED498159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
New England After 3 PM
Some 20 percent of children in New England have no safe, supervised activities after the school day ends each afternoon. These children are in self-care, missing out on opportunities to learn and explore new interests, and at risk for any number of risky behaviors including substance abuse, crime and teen pregnancy. Policy makers, parents and many other New Englanders recognize that children, families and communities benefit from quality after-school programs. They know that an unsupervised child is a child at risk, and they want all New England children to have a safe place to go that offers homework help, engaging activities and more each afternoon. New England is fortunate to have many strong after-school programs that keep children safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Some are groundbreaking models that will contribute to the design and structure of after-school programs serving children and youth nationwide. But there are not enough after-school programs in New England to meet the need. This report, the first ever to look at after-school in the region, examines: (1) Need for after-school programs in New England; (2) Studies documenting the benefits offered by these programs; (3) Status of key federal programs that fund after-school; (4) Several quality after-school programs in New England; (5) Work of the six state networks in New England that are pressing for more quality programs; (6) How states and communities are stepping up to meet the challenge; and (7) What individuals and advocates can do to reach "afterschool for all" in the region. The report concludes that, by taking a regional approach, lawmakers and advocates in New England can build enough private and public support for quality after-school programs to eventually make them available to every child and family. When that happens, the region will be safer, its children better prepared for work and life, and its future brighter. "Impossible Choices: How New England States are Addressing the Federal Failure to Fully Fund Afterschool Programs" is appended. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Public Support, Pregnancy, Homework, Federal Programs, After School Programs, Federal Legislation
Afterschool Alliance. 1616 H Street NW Suite 820, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-347-1002; Fax: 202-347-2092; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/resources.cfm
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers
Sponsor: Nellie Mae Foundation, Braintree, MA.
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; Rhode Island; Vermont
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families