New England After 3 PM
May 30, 2006
THE AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE
The hours after school offer opportunities for academic and personal growth outside of the classroom, but many students spend the time unsupervised. The lack of access to quality afterschool programs and inadequate federal funding means just 14 percent of New England students participate in afterschool programs.
This 2006 report by the Afterschool Alliance is the first in a series that examines the need for afterschool programs and the work being done in the New England states to increase public support and availability. The report concludes with practical recommendations for citizens, officials, and community leaders to develop a regional push for afterschool programs for all.
New England is fortunate to have many strong afterschool programs that keep children safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. But there are not nearly enough afterschool programs in New England to meet the need.