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ERIC Number: ED506749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Roadmap to Afterschool for All: Examining Current Investments and Mapping Future Needs
Earle, Alison
Afterschool Alliance
Quality afterschool programs are improving and transforming the lives of children and youth across the nation. Research shows that afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working parents. They give children opportunities to see new worlds, put school lessons into practice, discover their talents and explore career paths, and help them develop the academic, social and professional skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. With the help of researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Afterschool Alliance initiated the "Roadmap to Afterschool for All"--a scientific study that for the first time assesses the current investment in afterschool programs from the public sector, parents, foundations and businesses, and estimates the additional investment needed from each sector to provide quality afterschool programs for all children. This survey-based research project was designed to meet the following goals: (1) Better understand current funding for afterschool; (2) Create a funding roadmap that will help sustain and expand quality afterschool programs; (3) Inform a long-term legislative agenda at every level; and (4) Create real benchmarks for measuring progress. Fifty school districts from which to interview afterschool program staff were randomly selected from a list of school districts available from the National Center for Education Statistics. Findings reveal that parents are paying the lion's share of afterschool costs. This is true even among programs serving high poverty children. Greater investment from all sectors is needed to help ensure that all children and especially the neediest children are able to access quality, affordable afterschool programs--programs that keep kids safe, inspire learning and help working families. Appendixes include: (1) Detailed Sampling Methodology; and (2) List of Districts. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance