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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Utah

How Utah 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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jcpenney

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in Utah

More work needs to be done to ensure greater access to afterschool programs for Utah's children. Just 9 percent of Utah's K-12 youth participate in an afterschool program, while 28 percent of the state's children are responsible for taking care of themselves after the school day ends. The state has been working hard to ensure that existing afterschool offerings are of high quality, and with increased funding and resources, more children should be able to enjoy Utah's quality afterschool programs and make academic and social gains.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

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

Utah

2004

2009

Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs

5%

9%

Percentage of Kids in Self Care

23%

28%

Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program

70%

86%

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

22%

35%

Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs

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16%

Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 5,654 students in Utah. However, that is only a small fraction of the 128,570 kids in Utah 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 Utah check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Utah 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

"The prevalence of juvenile crime continues to be among the greatest criminal justice challenges faced by our nation, and a major concern to every parent. These [afterschool] programs offer education and community activities to deter children from drugs, gangs, and other opportunities to engage in criminal behavior."

- Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senate

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Utah 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

  • State Senator Karen Morgan
  • State Senator Luz Robles
  • Former State Representative Sheryl Allen
  • State Representative David Litvack

State Network

Utah Afterschool Network
254 South 600 East, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
801-359-2722

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch

Consumer Guide: Utah

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, $43,253 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Utah.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 120 programs in Utah 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, 77 people in Utah 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.