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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Arizona

How Arizona is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School

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Much More Work to Be Done

More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress

Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done

Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress

Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow

Methodological Note:

The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in Arizona

Compared to national averages, Arizona boasts strong statistics related to afterschool participation. The rate of participation in programs slightly exceeds the national average and has been on the rise. Additionally, the percentage of children in self-care is lower than average and has been on the decline. With more funding and focused attention from state leaders, Arizona could be in a good position to further advance afterschool opportunties for all children and families.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Arizona check out Arizona After 3PM.

Arizona

2004

2009

Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs

12%

16%

Percentage of Kids in Self Care

30%

22%

Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program

86%

86%

Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available

30%

34%

Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs

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22%

Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 23,186 students in Arizona. However, that is only a small fraction of the 483,595 kids in Arizona who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.

Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding

For an explanation of specific policy activities in Arizona check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Arizona webpage.

  • State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
  • Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
  • State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
  • Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
  • An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming

"Beyond the safety factor, afterschool programs are a logical, strategic and vital extension of in-school education in supporting learning and achievement."

- Mayor Hugh Hallman, City of Tempe

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Arizona check out Afterschool for All.

  • Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
  • Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
  • A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
  • A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus

Afterschool Champions

  • Mayor Sara Presler, City of Flagstaff
  • Mayor Robert Walkup, City of Tucson
  • Mayor Hugh Hallman, City of Tempe
  • Greg Stanton, Former Deputy Attorney General

State Network

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence
112 North Central Avenue, Suite 700
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-496-3307

Consumer Guide: Arizona

For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.

The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.

What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:

Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $158,563 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Arizona.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 83 programs in Arizona participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.

Sign On: Currently, 182 people in Arizona have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.

Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.