More than 10 million kids nationwide, including 183,099 in Washington, attend after-school programs. A new study from the Afterschool Alliance highlights critical but sometimes-overlooked benefits of the programs: They're helping kids eat healthy and be active, and offering the healthy choices that parents demand.
According to survey data from Kids on the Move, 85 percent of Washington parents say their children's program offers opportunities for physical activity. That's exactly what parents of children in these programs want them to provide.
After-school, before-school and summer learning programs support kids, parents and communities in many other important ways. They keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working parents keep their jobs.In Washington, 333,927 kids would participate if an after-school program were available. We need to invest more in these programs so they can serve more students and do even more to instill healthy habits that can last a lifetime.