Why After School Matters

Afterschool and summer learning programs benefit our state, the nation, and today’s students in many ways:

They help students succeed.
They keep students safe.
They narrow opportunity and achievement gaps.
They prepare students for college and the workforce.
They support working families and the economy.

They are also a smart investment in the future. By increasing kids’ earning potential, improving academic achievement, and reducing juvenile crime and delinquency, afterschool saves up to $9 for every $1 invested. Further, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs are driving global economic growth, and 7 million students are exploring STEM in afterschool.

There is broad public support for afterschool and summer learning programs across the state—and the nation. America After 3PM surveyed parents in Kentucky to examine how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m., the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. This summary report highlights the trends in afterschool program participation, the benefits associated with participation, and the broad public support for afterschool programs in Kentucky.

Read more about American After 3PM’s national survey results here.

Need in Kentucky:

  • 126,622 (18%) of K–12 students are unsupervised after school for an average of 7.34 hours per week.
  • Parents of 265,184 children (44%) in Kentucky would be enrolled in an afterschool program if one were available to them.
  • 3 out of 4 Kentucky parents agree that afterschool programs help them keep their jobs.

Need Nationwide:

  • The parents of 19.4 million children would send their child to an afterschool program—if one were available.
  • For every one child in an afterschool program, there are two more waiting to get in.
  • The gap between work and school schedules can amount to as much as 25 hours per week.
  • Nearly 5 million children in grades K-8 regularly care for themselves.
  • Less than one-fourth of American families fit the “traditional” image of one parent at home caring for children full time, while the other parent provides financial support. In fact, 77% of mothers with school-age children are employed.
  • Close to 3 out of 4 parents agree that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs.