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The 2011 State-by-State Afterschool Progress Reports and Consumer Guides

Each day in America, millions of kids go home to an empty house after school. In recent years, the growth of quality, affordable afterschool programs has begun to offer positive alternatives to the parents of these children. In 2009, the Afterschool Alliance released America After 3PM, sponsored by jcpenney, providing the most comprehensive and accurate picture to date of what this nation’s youth are doing each day after school.

In order to understand the fuller context of the America After 3PM study, the Afterschool Alliance and jcpenney teamed up yet again to provide the 2011 State-by-State Afterschool Progress Reports and Consumer Guides. The Progress Reports examine Growth in Afterschool Programs, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding, and Advancements in Afterschool Leadership. In addition, the Consumer Guide component offers resources on how to find the best afterschool options in the state and provides a section on “What You Can Do to Support Afterschool” to show new afterschool advocates how they can get involved.

All in all, the 2011 State-by-State Afterschool Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are a succinct resource for programs, parents and advocates alike. They offer a snapshot of how each state is helping keep the lights on after school, while also presenting a guide for parents to find the quality afterschool offerings in their area and a resource for all concerned citizens.

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