The America After 3PM 2020 Report is the nation’s most comprehensive look at how children spend their time during the hours after school and in the summer. Conducted roughly every five years, the 2020 report is the fourth edition of the survey. The study was conducted by the Afterschool Alliance with Edge Research and includes more than 30,000 respondents.
For years, afterschool programs have kept kids safe, provided expanded learning opportunities, and helped working families. America After 3PM found that unmet demand has skyrocketed. For every child in an afterschool program, 3 are waiting to get in. In 2020, more families struggle to find and afford programs, and inequities are prominent. With cost and access leading the list of obstacles to participation, for the first time in more than a decade, the number of children in an afterschool program decreased.
For families, summer programs provide a safe and engaging space for their children to foster friendships and connections, develop life skills, be active, and explore different subjects through intellectually engaging projects. However, the America After 3PM special summer report, Time for a Game-Changing Summer, With Opportunity and Growth for All of America’s Youth, finds that access to summer learning is also still inaccessible for many families. Unmet demand for summer programs is high—for every child in a summer program, there’s another child waiting to get in.
Explore additional America After 3PM national findings and data on afterschool and summer programs.