A Top Ten State for Afterschool Programs
In 2009, Alaska families were surveyed to see how many children are in afterschool programs, how many are unsupervised after school and how these numbers compare to five years ago. America After 3PM provides the most comprehensive and accurate picture to date of what this nation's youth are doing each day after school. With a sample size of nearly 30,000, the report provides an in-depth view of every state in the nation.
Overall, America After 3PM finds that while more kids are in afterschool programs today than five years ago, the demand for programs has also increased. As would be expected, there is variability in the findings from state to state. Through an examination of a number of key indicators, a set of "Top 10 States for Afterschool" emerged. While they all have significant unmet need for afterschool programs, comparatively these "Top 10 States for Afterschool" in 2009 have some of the lowest rates of self-care combined with the highest rates of afterschool participation and satisfaction - all of which adds up to a winning combination for children and parents in these states. Yet, even in these top 10 states, too many children and families do not have access to quality afterschool opportunities.
Released in May 2010, Special Report on Summer (PDF | Powerpoint) presents summer specific data from America After 3PM and provides state level data on how many kids are in summer programs, how many would be likely to participate and how strong parent support is for programs. Find all you need to know about America After 3PM Special Report on Summer in your state in the Alaska Press Release and in the chart below.
State Level Demand and Support for Summer Learning Programs
Estimated Number of Kids*
Does you child participate in a summer learning program?
If not, are you interested in enrolling your child in a summer learning program?
Whose Parents are Interested in Enrolling Them
Do you support public funding for summer learning programs?
**-Other respondents answered "Don't Know"
In Alaska, 269 households were surveyed for this study. Among those households, 26 percent qualified for free or reduced price lunch, 5 percent were Hispanic and 3 percent were African-American. *According to U.S. Department of Education data from 2005-2006, the total school enrollment in Alaska is 136,480, which is the foundation for all statewide projections in Alaska.
America After 3PM Special Report on Summer was sponsored by The Wallace Foundation. All data cited in the report are from the 2009 America After 3PM research, which was sponsored by JCPenney Afterschool.