There's no question that today's youth need safe, stimulating places to go after school.
- More than 28 million school-age children have parents who work outside of the home during after school hours (US Department of Labor, 2003).
- Of the 28 million school-age children, 14.3 million are left to look after themselves when the school day ends. (America After 3 PM, May 2004).
- Childcare averages between $4,000-$6,000 dollars per year.
- Working mothers' number one concern is the safety of their children, especially in the after school hours. These fears outrank concerns about the quality or funding of their education.
- Research shows that the peak hours for juvenile crime, sexual activity, experimentation with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes peak between the hours of 3p.m. to 6p.m. (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2002)
After school programs make a difference!
- Teens who participate in after school programs are three times LESS likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times LESS likely to use drugs, consume alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity. (YMCA of the USA, March 2001)
- Parents reported that their child's after school program helped them balance work and family life (Policy Studies Associates, Inc. February 2001):
- 60% of students said they missed less work than before because of the program.
- 59% of students said that it supported them in keeping their jobs.
- Students in a statewide program in California improved their standardized test scores (SAT 9) in reading and math by percentages almost twice that of other students and also had better attendance. (University of California, Irvine, May 2001)
In a nutshell, that's why we love after school!