The Impact of Quality Programs
Quality Youth Programs Get Results
Afterschool programs are a vital resource for thousands of kids in Washington state. Research has shown that regular participation in high-quality programs is directly related to a broad range of positive outcomes, from academic success and improved school attendance, to better health and increased confidence. High-quality programs are particularly beneficial for youth in under-served communities who often have limited access to enriching activities during non-school hours.
Quality Numbers: The Impact on Attendance, Behavior and Test Scores
Students participating in high-quality afterschool programs went to school more, behaved better, received better grades and performed better on tests than their peers, according to a survey of 68 studies of afterschool programs.
Achieving Better Grades
81% of students at New York’s Beacon Community Centers said the program helped them finish their homework more often and 78% said it helped them get better grades.
Keeping Kids Out of Trouble
94% of parents with children in the Fort Worth After School program said it helped keep their kids from getting in trouble.
Improving Graduation Rates
91% of high school students attending California’s EduCare afterschool program graduated from high school, compared to just 61% of peers with similar backgrounds.
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