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)