Support Afterschool Programs
results of a new public opinion survey, which was conducted recently
for the Afterschool Alliance by Lake Snell Perry & Associates
and The Tarrance Group, indicate that large, bipartisan majorities
of American voters support expanding afterschool programs in their
communities and around the nation.
Seven in 10 voters want afterschool programs to be available to
all children even if it means increasing the current $846 million
federal appropriation by an additional $800 million per year.
That support crosses all lines: Republicans support the increase
by a margin of 62 to 26; Democrats by a margin of 78 to 10; women
by a margin of 2 to 17; men by 66 to 18; married voters by 70
to 16; and single voters by 71 to 15.
According to the poll, the fourth one in a series funded by the
C.S. Mott Foundation and JCPenney, most voters are also willing
to pay $100 more per year in state taxes to make afterschool programs
The poll found that almost nine in ten voters (86 percent) agree
that “there should be a national commitment to making sure every
child has a space in an afterschool program.” In addition, nearly
three in five voters (58 percent) say they think the federal government
is spending too little on afterschool programs, and 59 percent
say their state governments are spending too little.
The Afterschool Alliance is a coalition of public, private and
nonprofit entities dedicated to ensuring that all children have
access to afterschool programs by 2010. Information on the Afterschool
Alliance and the public opinion survey are available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.
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