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Moore, Kristin Anderson; Murphey, David; Bandy, Tawana; Cooper, Mae – Child Trends, 2014
Children and youth who participate in out-of-school-time (OST) programming are more likely than their non-participating peers to do well in school, get sufficient physical exercise, and avoid involvement in risky behaviors. However, there are concerns that there are inequities in access to OST programs, particularly for those from lower-income…
Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Leisure Time, After School Programs, Low Income Groups
Theokas, Christina; Bloch, Margot – Child Trends, 2006
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…
Descriptors: Leisure Time, After School Programs, Children, Adolescents