ERIC Number: ED498673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: 73
Making the Case: A Fact Sheet on Children and Youth in Out-of-School Time
National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College
In approximately 60% of married-couple families with children under the age of 18, both parents work outside the home. Among single-parent families in 2004, the mother was employed in 72% of those maintained by women, and the father was employed in 83% of those maintained by men. 55% of all children in low-income families have at least one parent who works full-time, year-round. Research on school-age children (those between the ages of 5 and 12) show that an estimated 4 million regularly spend time without adult supervision. This fact sheet reports on research dealing with: (1) the ways in which these children spend their after-school time; (2) the effects of lack of adult supervision on health and well-being; (3) the benefits to children and youth of participating in after school programming; (4) the growing need to learn 21st century skills, with which after school programs can help; (5) the out-of-school time workforce; the economic costs and benefits of after school programs; (6) public support for after school programs; (7) trends in public funding for after school programs; and (8) how the after school programs can be strengthened.
Descriptors: After School Programs, Low Income Groups, Employed Parents, Latchkey Children, Parent Child Relationship, Child Care, Statistical Surveys, Agenda Setting, Child Development
National Institute on Out-Of-School Time, Wellesley College. 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.niost.org/publications/index.html
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. National Inst. on Out-of-School Time.