Afterschool Research: Special Populations

Meeting the needs of all children

Afterschool programs are helping to level the playing field, providing all children with the academic, social and emotional supports they need.

More children are participating in an afterschool program than ever before, with 10.2 million children in a program. From reaching students in underserved communities to delivering individualized attention to students at risk of falling behind in school, afterschool programs are supporting students who are in most need of help. This section contains examples of afterschool programs serving English language learners, rural communities, students with disabilities and other special needs, and much more. 

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The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in African-American and Latino Communities (2013)

The national economy is slowly recovering from the Great Recession, yet a deeper examination of its effect on African-American and Latino households reveals that these communities are facing higher rates of unemployment, poverty, homelessness and food insecurity. This issue brief looks closely at the current economic state of African-American and Latino communities, the far-reaching impact of poverty on academic achievement and highlights the important role afterschool and summer programs play in supporting youth and families in these communities. Afterschool and summer learning programs provide youth who are most in need of support with a safe and supervised space, healthy snacks and meals, and an academically enriching environment. However, this issue brief outlines the challenges these programs confront to keep pace with demand for their services, as well as ensure their doors stay open to continue to provide essential resources that are highly valued in African-American and Latino communities.

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