Demand outstrips availability of afterschool programs in Washington state

Washington state lags behind the rest of nation on afterschool program participation, according to a new household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. The 2014 edition of a report titled “America After 3PM” found that demand for afterschool programs exceeds supply in the state.

The household survey also found that the majority of parents of children in afterschool programs in Washington report significant benefits from their children’s participation.

The survey included 30,000 American households and 293 in-depth interviews in Washington. It found that 17 percent of Washington students -- 183,099 children in all -- are enrolled in afterschool programs, up from 12 percent in 2009, when the survey was last conducted.

The national and Washington “America After 3PM” reports, and accompanying data, are available at