New Report: America After 3PM among Middle School Youth

Posted by Afterschool Alliance on February 9, 2021

New Data about Afterschool Access and Demand

We need to think about our kids’ recovery. A recent parent survey found that in 3 parents of middle school students are concerned about their child staying on track in school.

Afterschoo programs can help—today, and as we look toward the future.

Newly released America After 3PM data on middle school families shows that parents recognize the critical supports and experiences afterschool programs provide, both for their academic learning and social and emotional growth. These supports are especially important during the middle school years, a critical juncture in shaping students’ future success.

Here’s what parents said about their children’s programs:
  • 80% of parents reported that their middle schooler is building confidence in their afterschool program.
  • 73% of parents reported their middle schooler is learning responsible decision making skills from their afterschool program.
  • Parents overwhelmingly report that their middle school students in afterschool programs are engaging in academically enriching activities, such as STEM learning opportunities (74%) and reading and writing (69%).
  • More than 9 in 10 parents (93%) report being satisfied with their middle schoolers’ program.
  • An overwhelming 5 in 6 parents of middle school students agree that all young people deserve access to quality afterschool and summer programs.

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