IMPORTANCE OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs, reports that afterschool programs have:

  1. Improved Test Scores and Grades
    1. 21st CCLC participants nationwide - 43% improved reading scores, 42% improved math scores
    2. Promising Programs study – big gains in test scores, work habits

  2. Improved School Attendance, Engagement in Learning
    1. More likely to come to school, stay in school and graduate
    2. Los Angeles program reduced dropout rate by 20%

  3. Improved Social and Emotional Behavior
    1. Lower truancy, drug use, violence, teen pregnancy
    2. Develop leadership, critical thinking, self-confidence, teamwork

  4. Improved Health and Wellness 
    1. Structured physical activities, healthy snacks help prevent weight gain tied to inactivity after school and during summer

For more information visit:Afterschool Alliance