Create and sustain a statewide partnership to raise awareness of the importance and accessibility of high quality “out-of-school time” programs for all school age children, share criteria of effective programs and best practices among providers and the public, and promote sustainability of such programs throughout the state.
Representatives from state agencies, community-based organizations, after school programs, schools, businesses, child care providers, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and families concerned with improving outcomes for school-age children through after school and out-of-school time programs.
West Virginia is Making Gains
The newly released America After 3PM Report, from the Afterschool Alliance, highlights trends in afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs. West Virginia Results revealed that 19% of West Virginia children participate in an afterschool program, yet 48% would be enrolled in a program if one were available to them. The study also found that 88% of West Virginia parents were satisfied with their children’s afterschool program, 69% agreed that afterschool programs give working parents peace of mind, and 71% agreed that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs. In addition, 20% of West Virginia children are unsupervised an average of 6.65 hours per week afterschool.