• 846,248 students in Ohio would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them (53%).
  • 431,489 students are on their own during the hours after school in Ohio (23%)
  • For every 1 student in an Afterschool or Summer Learning Program, 2 are waiting to get in.

The Current State of Afterschool in Ohio

  • 284,519 students participate in an afterschool program (15%).
  • 43,205 students participate in a 21st CCLC program, programs that serve children living in high poverty areas and attending low performing schools.
  • 289 21st CCLC grantees are in Ohio.
  • 419 communities are served by a 21st CCLC program in Ohio.
  • 90% of Ohio parents support public funding for afterschool programs.

In a study of 21St CCLC afterschool programs in Ohio, stakeholders (teachers, program staff and community partners) overwhelmingly agreed that participation in the afterschool programs positively influenced students’ academic performance, engagement in school, and behavior and social skills. More than 9 in 10 stakeholders agreed that participation in 21st CCLC programs increases students’ reading and math skills, engagement in school, self-esteem, self- confidence, and social and life skills. (The Ohio State University College of Social Work, 2011).

Research About Afterschool

Research shows that quality afterschool programs are —

  • Improving engagement in school and conduct at school: A meta-analysis of 68 afterschool studies found that students in high-quality afterschool programs attended school more often and showed improvements in their behavior compared to students not enrolled in programs. Another study spanning 35 quality afterschool programs found that students regularly participating in programs saw improvements in their work habits, demonstrated higher levels of persistence and saw reductions in reports of misconduct, such as skipping school (Weissberg, R.P., Durlak, J. and Pachan, M., 2010; Vandell, D.L., Reisner, E.R. and Pierce, K.M., 2007).
  • Increasing academic achievement: In addition to an evaluation of 21stCCLC programs that shows that more than 1 in 3 21stCCLC students made gains in their math and English grades, a study of outcomes associated with participation in afterschool programs found that students regularly participating during the elementary school years narrowed the math achievement gap at grade five between students from high-income and low-income families. (Department of Education, 2015; Auger, A.,Pierce, K.M. and Vandell, D.L., 2013).
  • Immersing students in STEM: STEM programming is becoming widespread in afterschool. In Ohio, 65 percent of parents report that their child has STEM learning opportunities in their afterschool program and 72 percent of parents agree that afterschool programs can help children gain STEM-related interests and skills. (Afterschool Alliance, 2015)
  • Promoting health and wellness: A national household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that 72 percent of parents in Ohio reported that their child’s afterschool program serves snacks and/or meals and 82 percent said that it offers opportunities for physical activity. (Afterschool Alliance, 2014).
  • Supporting 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).