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America After 3PM: Demand grows, opportunity shrinks

The Afterschool Alliance’s fourth edition of America After 3PM provides a detailed accounting of the circumstances and conditions of U.S. children during the hours of 3 to 6 p.m. and compares afterschool program participation and unmet demand statistics for 2020 with results from 2004, 2009, and 2014. It identifies trends in afterschool program offerings, parent satisfaction with their child’s afterschool program, and overall parent perceptions of afterschool programs. Additionally, this report looks at traditionally marginalized communities, including children in low-income families and children of color, to examine opportunity gaps. Through careful examination of the data we get a complete picture of afterschool programs, the experiences and opportunities they provide, and details about the children who are missing out on the benefits that programs offer. Data for the 2020 edition of America After 3PM were collected prior to states and schools taking measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, providing a pre-pandemic snapshot of how children and youth spend their hours after school, between 3 and 6 p.m., when schools typically let out and before parents come home from work. The Afterschool Alliance commissioned a nationally representative follow-up survey of parents in October 2020, to accompany America After 3PM data and determine how the pandemic has and has not changed families’ needs during the hours after school. (author abstract)
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United States
Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; District of Columbia; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming

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