After School Programs Work for Maryland Parents
…but only when they have access to a program for their child!
Just 16% of Maryland K-12 students have access to after school programs, while another 280,319 young people would participate if a program were available.
State funding was cut in 2009 resulting in fewer after school programs and a loss of opportunities for youth. Maryland currently ranks in the bottom 10 states nationwide for the number of after school programs offered. (See related article)
Maryland can do better for youth and families
Unfortunately, Maryland hasn't done enough to ensure there are enough after school programs available and accessible for the children and families who need these services the most. Over the past decade, existing after school programs in Maryland have become increasingly sophisticated — integrating STEM and the Arts — and parents' satisfaction with after school programs is at an all-time high:
- 64% agree that after school programs help give working parents peace of mind about their children when they are at work
- 69% agree that after school programs help parents keep their jobs
- 87% of Maryland’s parents say they are satisfied with their child’s after school program
Tell us your story
If any of these scenarios are familiar to you or a family you know - or if you have a unique experience to share, we want to hear from you:
- There are no after school programs available in your area.
- It's difficult to afford after school care.
- You know of some great after school programs, but there are no openings.
- Your child participates in an after school program and it has helped you be more successful at work.
Who is MOST Network?
Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST) is a non-profit statewide youth development organization, dedicated to bringing more and better opportunities in the out of school hours to all of Maryland's young people. MOST is one of 50 statewide afterschool networks made possible by the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and local matching investment. MOST's goals include:
- Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
- Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing school-based/school-linked after school programs.
- Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.
- Build a systemic infrastructure statewide (sySTEM) that increases access to high quality STEM programs in the out-of-school hours for students under-represented in STEM higher education programs and careers.
- Combat childhood obesity, childhood hunger and other chronic health problems through a broad based campaign to support out-of-school time (OST) programs in adopting and implementing national best practices around food access, increased physical activity and nutrition education.