Afterschool Research: Funding and Sustainability

The state of investment in afterschool

A look at the investment in afterschool at the federal, state and local levels, and how programs are faring. 

Afterschool programs rely on a variety of financial sources to meet the needs of the children and families in their community and provide enriching activities, caring and supportive mentors, opportunities for physical activity, and nutritious food. To help ensure that all children are able to access quality, affordable afterschool programs, investment is needed from the federal, state and local governments; foundations and businesses; and parents. This section includes research on the state of funding for afterschool programs, as well as a look at how programs are doing in the face of the growing demand for afterschool. 

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Investments in Student Recovery: A Review of School Districts' Use of American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Afterschool and Summer Opportunities (October 2023)

Federal funds distributed to school districts across the nation to aid in pandemic-related recovery represent a unique opportunity to support students through afterschool and summer programs. This brief illustrates how school districts allocated their American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds toward afterschool and summer learning opportunities and the strategies districts used to support students’ learning recovery. It also provides recommendations to maximize future investments in afterschool and summer programs to help young people learn, be healthy, and thrive.

Federal Funding COVID-19