Household Survey: Parent Support for Afterschool Increases, But Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs Persist in Alaska
(Anchorage, Alaska) – Strong participation among students, increasing parent support and high satisfaction with afterschool programs among parents is driving progress in meeting the need for afterschool program in Alaska, according to a new household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. But the 2014 edition of America After 3pm also shows that demand for afterschool programs in Alaska still far exceeds supply, and the number of children who would participate if an afterschool program were available exceeds the number of children currently enrolled in afterschool programs in the state.
The America After 3pm survey included 30,000 American households and 207 in-depth interviews with Alaskan parents. It found that 19% of Alaskan students, 25,631 children in all, are enrolled in afterschool programs, up from 18% in 2009, when the survey was last conducted. But 31,445 Alaskan students are still without adult supervision in the afternoons. The parents of 45,365 Alaskan children not already in an afterschool program say they would enroll their child if a program were available.
Afterschool programs provide a critical support to Alaska’s working families. Afterschool programs gave 78% of working parents surveyed peace of mind about their children when they are at work. 75% of Alaska parents agree that afterschool program help working parents keep their jobs.
The Alaska Afterschool Network is statewide collaboration supporting, strengthening and advocating for afterschool programs in Alaska and is a project of the Alaska Children’s Trust. Founded in 2013 with a grant from the Mott Foundation and local support from the Alaska Children’s Trust, State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Rasmuson Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Wells Fargo, Association of Alaska School Boards, and United Way of Anchorage. Contact Thomas Azzarella, Director, for more information.
Director of the Alaska Afterschool Network
Alaska Children’s Trust