Afterschool Benefits

According to the U.S. Department of Education, children and youth who regularly attend high-quality afterschool programs have:


Afterschool is the time when school is not in session, including before and after school, breaks and summer. For children and youth ages 5 to 18, high quality afterschool programs fill these hours with opportunity. Under the supervision of engaged adults in safe and structured environments, high quality afterschool programs offer a variety of activities such as academic enrichment and support, homework help, career exploration, service learning, sports, fitness and wellness, arts and music, civic engagement and more.

Afterschool programs are offered by a variety of providers, including school districts and other academic institutions, non-profit and community-based organizations, childcare organizations, libraries, recreation centers and faith institutions.