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W.Va. Afterschool Programs Get an 'A'

But More Are Needed

November 4, 2014

Strong participation among students and high satisfaction with afterschool programs among parents is driving progress in meeting the need for afterschool programs in West Virginia, according to a new household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance.

But the 2014 edition of America After 3PM also shows that demand for afterschool programs in West Virginia still far exceeds supply, and the number of children who would participate if an afterschool program were available exceeds the number of children currently enrolled in afterschool programs in the state.

The state's numbers are in line with the national average. According to the survey, for every child in an afterschool program, there are two waiting to get in.

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"West Virginians have made great progress creating afterschool opportunities for their children, and can be proud of what the state has accomplished," said Afterschool Alliance executive director Jodi Grant. "But there's no question that more work remains. Most parents in the state who want their child in a program can't find one that works for them, and that needs to change. Quality afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn, and help working families. Every West Virginia family that needs an afterschool program should have access to one."

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