Keeping Children Safe and Smart
Facts & Research
- In Wisconsin, 33% (317,993) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
- Of all Wisconsin children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 31% (265,861) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
- 96% of parents in Wisconsin are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
- 11% (105,998) of Wisconsin's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 16,485 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative (21CCLC), the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.
Every day, more than 800 children and youth in the Green Bay Area School District attend a 21CCLC and Community Services funded afterschool program located at a high-poverty school:
· Danz – in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club
· Fort Howard – in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club
· Franklin – in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club
· Howe – in partnership with the YMCA
· Jefferson – in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club
· Keller – in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club
· Sullivan – in partnership with the YMCA
· Washington – in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club
Helping Children to Succeed
First and foremost, after-school programs keep children of all ages safe and out of trouble. The after-school hours are the time when juvenile crime hits its peak, but through attentive adult supervision, quality after-school programs can protect our children. In communities with comprehensive programs, children are less likely to commit crimes or to be victimized, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
After-school programs also contribute to improving the academic performance of participating children; for many children, their reading and math scores have improved, in large part because after-school programs allow them to focus attention on areas in which they are having difficulties. Many programs connect learning to more relaxed and enriching activities, thereby improving academic performance.
After-school programs also contribute to raising children's self-confidence as well as academic performance. Both teachers and parents report that children who participate in after-school programs develop better social skills and learn to handle conflicts in more socially acceptable ways.
In addition, children and youth indicate that they have higher aspirations for their future, including greater intentions to complete high school and attend college.
For more information on after-school programs, contact Stan Kocos, Extended Learning Coordinator, 448-3578.