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It's summertime -- where are the kids?

Published on: December 30, 2013

Not in summer learning programs, according to the recently released America After 3PM study commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and JCPenney Afterschool.

A survey of 30,000 households found that just 25 percent of the nation's 57.3 million school-aged kids are enrolled in structured programs that support continued learning over the summer. Summer learning programs are play a key role in countering the learning gap between low- and high-income kids, and in keeping kids from losing educational ground while they're out of school.

The study found that 43 percent of kids who do attend summer learning programs qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches, and 56 percent of kids not enrolled in summer learning programs probably would enroll, based on parent interest. That points to a gap in funding, and the Afterschool Alliance has called on lawmakers to support expanded summer learning programs for schoolkids.

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