Afterschool keeps children & youth supervised and safe.
The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Urban Institute Estimate, 2000)
As many as 15 million “latchkey children” go to an empty home on any given afternoon. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Urban Institute Estimate, 2ooo)
Afterschool helps children & youth excel in school.
The Promising Afterschool Programs Study, a study of about 3,000 low-income, ethnically-diverse elementary and middle school students found that regular participation in high-quality afterschool programs is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores and work habits. (Source: University of California at Irvine, 2007)
Afterschool helps working families succeed.
Parents miss an average of eight days of work per year due to a lack of afterschool care. Decreased worker productivity related to parental concerns about afterschool care costs businesses up to $300 billion per year. (Source: Community, Families, and Work Program at Brandeis University, 2004; Catalyst & Brandeis University, December 2006)
Expanding Minds and Opportunities
This compendium published in 2013 provides over 70 articles of studies, reports, and commentaries that document the importance of afterschool and summer learning programs in the country. Authored by Terry Peterson, this compendium is available for download or for purchase from Amazon.