Out-of-School Programs benefit Kentucky.
Quality out-of-school time (OST) programs have the ability to transform the lives of children and youth across Kentucky.
An extensive body of research has shown that quality OST programs help:
- Excite children about learning by providing enrichment opportunities in areas such as creative/performing arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
- Teach important workforce skills, such as teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking
- Provide nutritious meals and opportunities to get active
- Reduce the likelihood that youth will engage in risky behaviors, such as committing a crime, using drugs, or becoming pregnant.
Here in Kentucky
Demand for afterschool programs increased
between 2009 and 2014.
agree that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs.
OF KY PARENTS
support public funding for afterschool programs.
agree that afterschool programs give working parents peace of mind.
would enroll students in an after school program if they were available (yet only 15% are currently participating).
On average, Kentucky families who pay for their child’s afterschool program spend
$93 per week per child.
KYOSA is helping students succeed.
By supporting out-of-school programs, KYOSA is keeping students safe while narrowing opportunity and achievement gaps. We are preparing students for college and the workforce, as well as supporting working families.
KYOSA is supporting program leaders.
We are building a statewide system to enhance out-of-school time programs. We do this by identifying program needs and providing trainings, resources, and tools to meet those needs, all at no or low cost to providers.
KYOSA is strengthening the economy.
We are increasing kids’ earning potential, improving academic achievement, and reducing juvenile crime and delinquency. Afterschool programs save up to $9 for every $1 invested. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs are driving global economic growth. 7 million students are exploring STEM in out-of-school programs.
KYOSA is empowering advocates.
In order to make good decisions about how best to allocate funding and resources, KYOSA is compiling data and conducting research that is available to all stakeholders.
Across the Nation
The parents of 19.4 million
children would send their child to an afterschool program – if one were available.
The gap between work and school
schedules can amount to as much as 25 hours per week.
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.
Close to 3 out of 4 parents agree
that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs.
For every 1 child in an afterschool
program there are two more waiting to get in.
Nearly 5 million children
in grades K-8 regularly care for themselves.
77% of mothers
with school-age children are employed.