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Research,  September 13, 2004

15 Million Youth Need Afterschool Programs

"America After 3 PM: A Household Survey on Afterschool in America finds that just 6.5 million children are in afterschool programs – but the parents of another 15.3 million children say their children would participate if an afterschool program were available. Need is especially high for middle school children. Just six percent of middle schoolers are in afterschool programs; another 34 percent of America’s middle schoolers are unsupervised in the afternoons."

"In response, the Afterschool Alliance unveiled “Afterschool for All: Project 2010,” a new united national voice in support of afterschool programs. Supported in part by the Open Society Institute, this unprecedented initiative already has brought together almost 250 powerful groups and national leaders representing more than 20 million Americans who believe that all children and youth should have access to high-quality, safe and enriching afterschool programs by the year 2010. Partners of “Project 2010” include educators, youth, youth advocates, policy makers, faith-based leaders, parents, business leaders, law enforcement and judicial experts, and others. More information is available on the project’s web site, www.afterschool2010.org"

URL: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/press_archives/America_3pm_May_19_2004.pdf
Posted by hchung on September 13, 2004 | Research