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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Oregon

How Oregon 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 Oregon

Oregon has seen some great gains in afterschool. Since 2004, the state's afterschool participation rate has risen 5 percent, and the state has a large percentage of high-need children participating in afterschool. While Oregon is certainly on the right track to increasing the availability of its afterschool programs, like many states across the country there is still work to be done, as the percentage of Oregon children in self-care increased between 2004 and 2009. Increased attention from state policy makers could greatly benefit the children and families seeking quality afterschool offerings in the state.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

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

Oregon

2004

2009

Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs

10%

15%

Percentage of Kids in Self Care

30%

31%

Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program

90%

92%

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

23%

37%

Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs

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23%

Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 11,265 students in Oregon. However, that is only a small fraction of the 225,517 kids in Oregon 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 Oregon check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Oregon 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

"[Lights On Afterschool] is a national effort to highlight the importance of afterschool programs as part of elementary education& [My] belief, as a member of the health and education committee, [is that afterschool] is a very important component."

- Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senate

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Oregon 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 Kitty Piercy, City of Eugene
  • Mayor Lou Ogden, City of Tualatin
  • State Senator Susanne Bonamici
  • Mayor Virginia Carnes, City of Pilot Rock

State Network

Oregon - After School for Kids
P.O. Box 2826
Salem, OR 97308
503-551-5488

Consumer Guide: Oregon

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, $46,654 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Oregon.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 26 programs in Oregon 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, 45 people in Oregon 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.