Demand for summer programs, both met and unmet, is great among Black families, where approximately half of Black children (49 percent) were in a summer program in 2019 or would have been enrolled in a program if one were available to them. For Black families, the summer is viewed as a time for infinite possibilities, where in addition to high demand for summer programs, there are also high expectations for their children’s summer programs. The value of summer programs among Black families remained steadfast during the pandemic, with approximately 4 in 5 Black parents (78 percent) agreeing with the statement that “all young people deserve access to quality afterschool and summer programs.” (author abstract)
Summertime in America for black families and communities
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