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Household survey: Participation in afterschool and parent satisfaction increase but unmet demand for afterschool programs persists in Pennsylvania
“America After 3PM” surveyed parents in Pennsylvania to examine how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m.—the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. It highlights the trends in afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs.
“America After 3PM” revealed that 321,296 children (17%) in Pennsylvania participate in an afterschool program, yet 811,954 children (50%) would be enrolled in a program if one were available to them.
With 93% of Pennsylvania’s parents satisfied with their child’s afterschool program and 71% agreeing that afterschool programs give working parents peace of mind, more work needs to be done to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania are able to take part in an afterschool program that keeps them safe, inspires learning and supports working parents.
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