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Uncertain Times 2012

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News, Policy & Legislation

The Afterschool Alliance recently released a study assessing the impact of economic conditions on afterschool programs.  Uncertain Times 2012, conducted between April 25 and June 8, 2012, is the only research to examine the fiscal health of afterschool programs and their ability to meet the needs of their communities.

All of us who intersect with the afterschool and youth development (AYD) field either as a provider, parent, youth, educator or community member concerned about the health and well-being of our children, youth and communities, this report provides important insight into struggles faced by afterschool programs and the direct impact on youth served.

“The 2012 report, the third in the Uncertain Times series, finds that afterschool programs continue to grapple with diminishing budgets and are concerned about financial security. These constraints, coupled with increased demand, leave them unable to fully support the children who need their services most. The report is based on 1,012 survey responses, representing 4,947 afterschool sites serving more than 567,470 children located in urban (45 percent), suburban (30 percent) and rural (31 percent) communities across the United States.”

Some of the key findings include:

The report includes some policy recommendations at the federal level to improve access to programs.

 Take a moment to read this report and check out SOWA’s Get Involved page on our website with more information on how you can join thousands of AYD supporters across our state in working to ensure children and youth in our state have access to high-quality programs.


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