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ERIC Number: ED510719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Out-of-School Time Is Critical for Children: Who Participates in Programs? Research-to-Results Fact Sheet. Publication #2006-20
Theokas, Christina; Bloch, Margot
Child Trends
School-age children and adolescents in the United States have a lot of discretionary time (6.5 to 8 hours per day). Participating in organized out-of-school time programs and activities is one constructive and safe way that children can spend their free time. These activities can provide supervision, fun, and opportunities to develop new skills and relationships with others. Research has shown that consistent participation in organized, high-quality out-of-school time activities can have both educational and social/emotional benefits and may have the most positive effects for youth who are most at risk. Understanding who participates is an important question to answer in order for policy makers, funders, and practitioners to identify gaps and target resources. (Contains 6 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Child Trends
Identifiers - Location: United States