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Know the Facts

 

Common Definitions
Afterschool Fast Facts
Vermont Data
Return on Investment
Policy Briefs


Common Definitions

 

Afterschool refers to programs and activities that happen before school, after school, during the summer months, and during school vacation weeks/holidays. Afterschool programs encompass academic, enrichment and recreational offerings. Afterschool programs are typically provided by licensed school age care programs, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, teen centers, community organizations, and schools.

Expanded Learning refers to programs and activities with the three following components: 1) engaged learning; 2) school/community partnerships; and 3) family engagement. Afterschool programs typically provide expanded learning opportunities within their program structure and many high-quality afterschool programs fully embody an expanded learning model.

Extended Learning Time refers to increasing the length of the school day and/or school year. Extended learning time models provide additional school time to all students, and participation is mandatory.


Afterschool Fast Facts

 

Once the groundwork for why afterschool programs are critical has been laid, providing a state-level context can help build further understanding. This data is for you to use in any of your communications materials and is important in establishing context within the larger picture of what’s happening in Vermont.

  • Vermont currently has 458 out-of-school time programs, serving over 21,000 children and youth across the state
  • 264 Licensed School Age Care Programs
  • 149 21st Century Community Learning Centers program sites
  • 21 Boys and Girls Club Sites
  • 43 YMCA Program Sites
  • 35 Teen Centers

[Note: These numbers above are not mutually exclusive. Data was collected from our 2014 mapping project.]

  • Nearly 71% of afterschool programs participating in our mapping project report that they also provide summer programming.
  • Schools across Vermont often provide some type of afterschool programming, but the offerings are inconsistent across schools and leave a significant number of students without programming.
  • An estimated 22,000 youth across Vermont not in enrolled currently in an afterschool program would be likely to participate if a program were available in their community. This represents a 33% unmet need for afterschool programs in Vermont.
  • Vermont does not currently have a dedicated state funding stream to build and help sustain afterschool and expanded learning programs.

Vermont Data

 

A 2014 nationwide report ranked Vermont as 4th in the nation for afterschool programming. The America After 3PM report, based on a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and conducted by Shugoll Research, highlighted the progress Vermont has made over the past decade in providing quality afterschool programs while also documenting a growing need in our state. These programs play an essential role in communities throughout Vermont by keeping children and youth safe, inspiring them to learn, and supporting working families between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.

The findings for Vermont are summarized below:

  • 24% (21,690) of Vermont’s K-12 children are responsible for taking care of themselves after school. These children spend an average of 8 hours per week unsupervised after school.
  • 24% (21,690) of Vermont’s K-12 children participate in afterschool programs. On average, afterschool participants spend 8 hours per week in afterschool programs. Participation averages 3 days per week.
  • Other care arrangements include traditional child care centers (12%), sibling care (11%) and non-parental adult care, such as a grandparent or neighbor (18%).
  • 95% of Vermont parents are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • Vermont parents cited quality of care (89%), child enjoyment (87%), and program as a safe place (86%) as their top three reasons for selecting an afterschool program.
  • 79% of adults surveyed in Vermont agree that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs and 88% support public funding for afterschool programs.

Return on Investment

 

Providing quality expanded learning opportunities for children and youth pays off in the long run:

Every $1 invested in Vermont afterschool and summer learning programs leads to a return on investment (ROI) of $2.18. 

Research shows that quality afterschool programs can reduce chronic absenteeism in school, which has been associated with reducing student dropout rates. In doing so, afterschool programs contribute to increased societal gains from graduates’ taxable earnings AND increased societal savings by preventing juvenile and adult incarceration.

To learn more about the methodology and calculations behind our ROI analysis, see this PDF published by Vermont Afterschool. We also designed an easy-to-read infographic on the ROI.


Policy Briefs

 

Our policy briefs are published for our annual Afterschool & Summer Learning Day in order to delve deeper into a particular issue area and report our findings at length. Here are some of our recent policy briefs and issue areas:

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