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ERIC Number: ED506748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
America after 3PM: The Most In-Depth Study of How America's Children Spend Their Afternoons
Afterschool Alliance
For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, some 15 million children--some as young as five years old--are without supervision at home or on the streets. A small but growing number of the children are avoiding these pitfalls and reaping the benefits of quality, affordable afterschool programs--programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Until 2004, there was little reliable data about how children spent the hours after schools close and before parents return home from work. Experts estimated that five to 15 million kids were unsupervised after school. There also was no reliable data on the number of children in afterschool programs, and how many families sought but did not find the programs they needed. In 2004, the Afterschool Alliance and the JCPenney Afterschool Fund commissioned the most in-depth study ever to examine how America's kids spend their after school hours--"America After 3PM". In spring 2009, the Afterschool Alliance and the JCPenney Afterschool Fund again worked with RTi to update the study to determine how things have changed since 2004. In total, nearly 30,000 households were surveyed for the 2009 update to "America After 3PM". While there is good news to report, it is also clear that there is much more to be done to give all children and families access to quality afterschool programs. This updated "America After 3PM" study offers the most comprehensive and accurate picture in five years of what this nation's children are doing each day after school. It provides detailed information about parent attitudes toward after school care and satisfaction with afterschool programs, and data about demand for afterschool, including the likelihood that non-participating children would join afterschool programs if they were available. (Contains 1 footnote.) [Funding for this updated "America After 3PM" study was provided by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance