Afterschool Alliance Research

Informing providers, advocates, and policy makers for 15 years

Delve into our vast collection of research resources that show afterschool programs are keeping kids safe, inspiring learning, and helping working families across the country. 

An integral component of Afterschool Alliance’s mission to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs is research that assesses and examines the ways children spend their time during the afterschool hours, the opportunities afterschool programs provide the children and families in their communities, and the public support for these programs.

This section contains research materials the Afterschool Alliance has produced over the past 15 years. Find the resource that best fits your needs by searching by document type or by issue area. If you are interested in learning more about afterschool programs, explore Afterschool Essentials, or find out how many children are in afterschool programs by visiting the America After 3PM page. You can also search by issue topic and learn more about afterschool programs supporting young people in variety of areas and subjects, ranging from the arts to health and wellness to STEM. 

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New England After 3 PM (2006)

New England After 3 PM is a series of reports, supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and focused on the state of afterschool across the New England region. Collectively, the New England After 3PM reports present a picture of how youth in New England currently spend their time afterschool, how stakeholders throughout the region view afterschool, whats currently happening to help advance afterschool and what next steps remain to be taken to make afterschool for all a reality in New England. Released in May 2006, the first installment, New England After 3 PM, examined afterschool across the region with a special focus on Massachusetts.

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June 2000 Afterschool Alliance Poll

June 2000 Afterschool Alliance Poll

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Findings from a Nationwide Survey on Afterschool Programs Memo

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America After 3PM: From Big Cities to Small Towns

America After 3PM: From Big Cities to Small Towns is a special report that takes a fresh look at data from America After 3PM, the most in-depth study ever to explore how Americas kids spend the after school hours. The new study examines how kids afterschool experiences differ from one community to another. The nearly 30,000 household data set from America After 3PM was divided into three community typesrural, urban and suburbanand analyzed for differences in afterschool participation, access, barriers, satisfaction and more.

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America After 3PM: From Big Cities to Small Towns

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America After 3PM Special Report on Summer: Missed Opportunities, Unmet Demand

For millions of children in America, when schools close for the summer, safe and enriching learning environments are out of reach, replaced by boredom, lost opportunities and risk. New analysis of data from the America After 3PM study measures the extent of this problem, concluding that three-quarters of America's schoolchildren do not participate in summer learning programs. Yet, fifty-six percent of kids (an estimated 24 million) who are not participating in summer learning programs, would likely enroll in a program, based on parent interest.

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America After 3PM Press Room

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America After 3PM

The first-ever national household survey on how kids spend the after school hours finds that 15 million children are unsupervised afterschool. America After 3PM was commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund and was released in October of 2009.

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America After 3PM

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