“Students need more than a strong curriculum, good teachers, and time in the classroom to succeed. Afterschool programs have long known that they can embrace the hours between the time school closes and parents return from work to provide children, especially those who don’t have access to other activities, with exciting, engaging experiences that will help them learn academic, social and professional skills. The research is clear: children in quality afterschool programs are more likely to come to school and stay in school, more likely to hand in their work and get better grades.” – Jodi Grant, Afterschool Alliance

RESEARCH: More than a decade of research confirms that quality afterschool programs are providing rich learning experiences for students, helping to narrow existing opportunity and achievement gaps, and positioning students toward a bright future as they move through school, career, and life. Afterschool is a proven product; Afterschool programs are keeping students safe, inspiring them to learn, and supporting Ohio’s working families.

DEMAND IN OHIO: Yet here in our state of Ohio 431,489 school age children (23 percent) are alone and unsupervised during the hours after school. READ MORE about the need for Afterschool…


Afterschool’s Role in BUILDING WORKFORCE SKILLS

Afterschool and summer learning programs are helping close the gaps that exist between the skills and competencies students possess and the needs of employers—which range from  communication and problem-solving skills to proficient technical skills. Afterschool programs are also connecting students to the workforce in other ways, such as helping them discover new interests and professions they may never have considered entering into and providing real-world work opportunities to help them to reach their career aspirations. READ MORE…


Afterschool’s Role in DRUG PREVENTION

Afterschool programs recognize that while drug awareness and education is important, it’s not enough. Young people must build skills and resilience to avoid the use and misuse of drugs. These skills, sometimes called “social-emotional skills” or “character development,” include emotional regulation, self-awareness, and responsible decision-making. In Afterschool programs youth can build skills and practice failure with an adult mentor there to support them. READ MORE…


Afterschool’s Role in KEEPING KIDS SAFE

The hours of 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM are the peak time for juvenile crimes and risky behaviors, including alcohol and drug use. A study done by the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center  found that children who do not spend any time in after-school activities are 49 percent more likely to have used drugs and 37 percent more likely to become a teen parent. Kids are also at the highest risk of becoming a victim of violence after school, particularly between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The highest amount of juvenile crime occurs between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the hour after most children are dismissed from school. READ MORE…


Afterschool’s Role in HELPING WORKING FAMILIES

Researchers report that parental concerns about afterschool care cost businesses up to $300 billion per year in decreased worker productivity. In Ohio, 75 percent of parents surveyed agree that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs. (Catalyst and Brandeis University, 2006; Afterschool Alliance, 2014). READ MORE…

 

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