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New Summer Data Helps Make the Case

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

We have new data to help you make the case for why summer learning matters. The Afterschool Alliance just released their America After 3pm polling data focused on summer. You can check-out where Washington stands when it comes to summer learning.

Participation in summer learning programs in Washington has increased in the last five years, but there is still tremendous unmet demand, according to data from the study. It found that 24 percent of families in the state report that at least one of their children participated in a summer learning program in 2013, compared with 21 percent in 2008. Nationally, 33 percent of families have at least one child in a summer learning program, up from 25 percent in 2008.

America After 3PM is a household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. It includes responses from more than 30,000 U.S. families, including 293 in Washington. It was conducted in 2014, with parents reporting on their children’s 2013 participation in summer learning programs.

The demand for these programs far exceeds supply. While 37 percent of Washington parents report that they would like their child to participate in a summer learning program, just 24 percent of parents report having at least one child in a program. Nationally, 51 percent of parents say they would like their child to participate.

“The numbers are clear. Demand far outstrips the supply of summer programs,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “That’s also the case with the afterschool programs from which many summer learning programs spring. We’re not reaching nearly as many children as we could, and some of them will be at a disadvantage in the classroom next fall as a result.”

There is also strong public support for funding for summer learning programs. 83 percent of Washington parents support public funding for summer learning programs. Nationally, 85 percent support public funding, and support is at or above 75 percent in every state.

You can view more of the findings on the America After 3pm website, and compare Washington to national and state data.

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