Growing computer science education in afterschool

Posted by Afterschool Alliance on December 12, 2016

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, we’re proud to release our new report, “Growing computer science education in afterschool: Opportunities and challenges.”

A diverse group of stakeholders—including educators, business and industry, policy makers, and parents—agree that computer science education is vital for kids to become the creators and innovators for the next generation, making technology work for them and designing solutions for their communities.

We asked the afterschool field what they thought about computer science education—and responses showed overwhelming interest! Almost 60 percent of respondents currently offer computer science to their students, or had offered it in the past. Despite this strong interest, afterschool providers indicated some big challenges to offering computer science to their students, especially finding qualified educators to teach it, securing funding, and accessing necessary technology.

Find more key statistics—and recommendations to help address these challenges—in the full report.

It’s our hope that our findings will help K-12 computer science education stakeholders support the growth of quality, sustainable computing education within the afterschool field. Download the report now.

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