The Afterschool Alliance works with agencies, elected officials, businesses, 50 state afterschool networks, community leaders, and program providers across the nation to expand support for quality afterschool programs. They are also the facilitators of America After 3PM, the largest survey on afterschool education.
Through their 2020 America After 3PM survey and subsequent report, Afterschool Alliance provided much needed insight during a time of extreme ambiguity for afterschool programs. Their findings are helping illuminate where afterschool education stands in light of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Nearly 25 million students currently aren’t able to access afterschool programs (and this trend is more pronounced for low-income minority students)
- For those families who do have access to afterschool programming, parent satisfaction is at an all-time high (94%).
- Support for greater investment in afterschool is higher than ever, with 87% of parents supporting public funding for afterschool programs.
Overdeck Family Foundation’s grant supports Afterschool Alliance’s advocacy and communications work on behalf of high-quality afterschool programs around the country. The organization is in touch with more than 25,000 afterschool program partners and their publications reach more than 65,000 individuals every month.