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Afterschool Supports Student Success

Afterschool programs across the county are inspiring learning, providing safe and supportive environments, and giving students the essential supports they need to succeed in school and beyond. This fact sheet highlights research that shows that afterschool programs are helping support students’ success.  

America After 3PM

This report spans a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. — the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. Conducted by the Afterschool Alliance, the report highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs and measures public support for afterschool programs.

In 2014, 10.2 million children (18 percent) participate in an afterschool program, an increase from 2009 (8.4 million; 15 percent) and 2004 (6.5 million; 11 percent).

In communities across the United States, 11.3 million children are without supervision between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.  This means that 1 in 5 children still do not have someone to care for them after school.

Approximately 19.4 million children (41 percent) not currently in an afterschool program would be enrolled in a program if one were available to them, according to their parents.

View the comprehensive data outlined in reports, infographics and interactive maps on the America After 3PM page on the Afterschool Alliance website.

National 21st CCLC Facts and Figures

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs. This fact sheet provides an overview of the 21st Century Community and Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, highlights its outcomes and benefits, addresses the current state of funding and outlines how you can help support funding for the future.

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