The Issue Brief draws on a number of survey and research reports, including the Afterschool Alliance’s America After 3PM Survey, which found that African-American and Latino children are much more likely to be enrolled in afterschool programs compared to their white peers. Approximately 2.1 million, or 24 percent, of African-American children and close to 2.4 million, or 21 percent, of Latino children are enrolled in afterschool. However, the unmet demand for afterschool and summer learning opportunities from African-American and Latino parents is considerable. The parents of more than three in four African-American youth and seven in 10 Latino youth would likely enroll their children in a summer learning program, if one were available to them.
“Afterschool and summer learning programs play a vital role in supporting youth and families in underserved and struggling communities,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “But the unmet demand for afterschool and summer programs in minority communities is a huge barrier to progress. We need to expand funding so that all children can have access to the high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs that keep kids safe, inspire students to learn, and help working families.”