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.
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.
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