Afterschool Essentials

Valuable information to make your case

A curated collection of research resources that provide key facts and research that highlight the need for afterschool programs.

Today, more children are participating in an afterschool program than ever before, with 10.2 million children in a program. However, for every one child in an afterschool program, there are two children who are waiting to get in. Afterschool Essentials are materials that help to make a strong case for afterschool, including key facts about the afterschool hours, the positive impact of afterschool, and details about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative—the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs.