Wednesday, December 5, 2018

MassBudget: Many Massachusetts youth await spots in after-school programs

December 4, 2018

Many Massachusetts youth await spots in after-school programs

Meaningful activities outside of and after the school day can go far in boosting a child's educational achievement and life outcomes. But many Massachusetts youth that need after-school and summer programs are not able to get into one.

Thousands of high-needs youth (those who are economically disadvantaged, English language learners, or special education students) in Massachusetts lack public support for after-school programs, according to a new Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) report, Investment in After-School and Summer Learning in Massachusetts: Current Funding and Unmet Need.

MassBudget: Many Massachusetts youth await spots in after-school programs
Not all communities and families have the resources to provide enrichment activities to young people. In 2011, the highest-income families across the country were able to spend almost seven times more on out-of-school opportunities than the lowest-income families.
The MassBudget report examines federal and state funding for after-school and summer programs. In the 2016-2017 school year, public entities provided more than $207 million, after adjusting for inflation, for after-school programs. Despite these efforts, children with the greatest needs often lack opportunities to participate in such programs.
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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