Fact Check:

• Only 6.5 million K-12 children (11 percent) participate in after-school programs. An additional 15 million would participate if a quality program were available in their community. (After school Alliance, 2004)

• Nine in 10 Americans want all children and teens to have some type of organized activity or safe place to go after school. (After school Alliance & Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates Inc., 2008)

• The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex. (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2002)

Did you know

According to youth.gov, A national evaluation found that over 40 percent of students attending 21st Century Community Learning Center programs improved their reading and math grades, and that those who attended more regularly were more likely to make gains. 

Did you know

After school programs can play an important role in encouraging physical activity and good dietary habits. Participation in after school programs has been associated with positive health outcomes, including reduced obesity.

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