Access to afterschool programs still scarce throughout the state

Access to afterschool programs still scarce throughout the state
Access to afterschool programs still scarce throughout the state

Access to afterschool programs still scarce throughout the state

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The demand from parents for afterschool programs in Illinois still greatly exceeds what is provided. In a study conducted by the Afterschool Alliance, 18 percent of kids in the state participate in an after school program, yet 41 percent would be enrolled in one if it were available. Though both these numbers are slightly higher than they were in the past, there’s still an unmet demand for families searching for programs that meet their child’s needs. Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, joins us to talk about the “America After 3pm” study and why developing quality afterschool options are crucial to our kids academic success. Photo: Flickr/Fort Rucker