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ERIC Number: ED535160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Afterschool Care. Policy Briefing Series. Issue 5
Kang, Andrew; Weber, Julie
Sloan Work and Family Research Network
For most full-time employed parents, the gap between the end of the school day and the time they arrive home from work adds up to about 20 to 25 hours per week. Thus, many parents look to afterschool programs to satisfy their desire for safe, enriching experiences for their children while they are working. "Afterschool" is the general term used to describe an array of safe, structured programs that provide children and youth with a range of supervised activities designed to encourage learning and development outside of the typical school day. This paper answers the following questions about afterschool programs: (1) What is afterschool care?; (2) Why is afterschool care a policy matter?; (3) Use and availability of afterschool care; (4) How does afterschool care affect business?; (5) State policy initiatives; and (6) Where to get more information?
Sloan Work and Family Research Network. Department of Sociology University of Pennsylvania, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Fax: 215-898-2124; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Authoring Institution: Sloan Work and Family Research Network