Children and "out-of-school" time

About 80% of children’s waking hours each year are spent outside of school. After-school programs provide opportunities to help children develop to their full potential.

Although supports in school can help kids improve their academic achievement, children spend 80% of their waking hours outside the classroom – and that was before the COVID-19 crisis. In order to support kids and help them be prepared for school and life, effective interventions must be offered in the community.

Importance of After-School Programming

  • Afterschool programs integrate, expand, and enhance the learning that happens during the school day. 69% of students who participate in after-school programs improve their homework completion and participation in school and 62% improve their behavior.
  • By 6th grade middle class kids have spent over 4,000 more hours in afterschool and summer programs opportunities than kids who are considered low-income .
  • Teens from low-income families who participated in an afterschool programs in several large American cities were more likely to be high school graduates AND more likely to go to post-secondary schools compared to non-participants .

Assumes the average child gets nine hours of sleep per day. This assumption was based on and National Sleep Foundation recommendations.


School hours: National Center for Educational Statistics, State Education Reforms, Student Readiness and Progress Through School