As a retired general, I am concerned that over 70% of young adults, nationally and in Ohio, are ineligible for military service due to poor physical fitness, low academic performance, or a record of crime or drug use.  Investing in afterschool programs can help address those challenges for our kids, our communities, and our national security.”

– Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Dr. Charles O. Dillard, Cincinnati, OH

NEW! Report from Fight Crime Invest in Kids: From a Time of Risk To a Time of Opportunity

Crime and drugs were once the primary concerns of parents and the public during the afterschool window. Today, those concerns have broadened to focus more on technology and online safety, including cyberbullying and kids spending too much time on social media and video games.

Afterschool programs give parents peace of mind because they know their kids are safe, learning, and having fun.

Afterschool provides learning opportunities and a safe haven that helps kids avoid risky behaviors, online and offline, during the hours of 3:00 to 6:00 pm, when juvenile crime peaks and more than 11 million youth are unsupervised.

Without afterschool programs, many kids would spend the afternoon glued to their phones and  computers. Screen time and social media create a whole new set of risks for kids today.

When parents have afterschool choices, they don’t have to worry about where their kids are or whether they are being supervised after school lets out.


VIDEO – A police officer talks about the importance of partnerships between law enforcement and afterschool programs. Community member featured: Captain Tyrone Collington, City of Takoma Park Police Department, ACE Academy (a 21st CCLC site) in Takoma Park, MD

The Importance Of Afterschool Programs – Family Education

Keeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School – MetLife Foundation Afterschool Alert

Afterschool Programs Keep Kids Safe, Engage Kids in Learning and Help Working Families – Afterschool Alliance Fact Sheet