The Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization, has released new information that points to strong public support for increased funding for afterschool programs. The key point:  nearly 90 percent of voters say that “given the dangers young people face today, afterschool programs are important.

Here are other highlights:

Three in four voters (76 percent) say newly elected officials in Congress, as well as new state and local leaders, should increase funding for afterschool programs.

The strong support for afterschool crosses all party, ideological and demographic lines.

Three in four voters (76 percent) agree that afterschool programs are an absolute necessity.

Complete results of the study are available on the Afterschool Alliance’s website.

Research findings and reports on afterschool programs from a workforce readiness and business perspective are available on the Corporate Voices for Working Families website


by Rob Jewell