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.
- 33% (22,163) of Vermont’s K-12 children would participate in an afterschool program if one were available. This represents a large unmet need across our state.
- 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.
About America After 3PM
In Vermont, 205 households were surveyed for this 2014 study. According to U.S. Department of Education data from 2011-2012, the total school enrollment in Vermont is 89,261, which is the foundation for all statewide projections in Vermont After 3PM.
America After 3PM was funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Noyce Foundation with additional support from the Heinz Endowments, The Robert Bowne Foundation, and the Samueli Foundation. Nationally, 30,720 households were screened and 13,709 households completed in-depth interviews via an online survey using a blend of national consumer panels. Shugoll Research was contracted by the Afterschool Alliance to collect the data. Additional information from America After 3PM is available at http://afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM.