America’s After-School Afterthought

The hours after the school day ends but before the workday finishes are challenging. How are families finding after-school care? While reporting for Vox and an EWA Reporting Fellowship, Rachel Cohen discovered example programs. She details her findings and the challenges families and child care providers face. (EWA Radio Episode 318)

Photo credits: Monkeybusinessimages/Bigstock, Rachel Cohen

Millions of families struggle with after-school care – the hours after the school day ends but before the workday finishes. 

Rachel Cohen of Vox Media found the after-school crisis is not limited to one city or state. Millions of families need care, yet thousands of school districts offer no options at all. Some communities have just a single nonprofit or church program available, she discovered. 

With the help of an EWA Reporting Fellowship, Rachel traveled to Iowa and California to understand the problem. She was delighted to find example programs that started small but now can serve as a blueprint for other communities. Rachel details the many challenges parents and providers face, the proven benefits of after-school care and the sentence in education reporting she never, ever thought she’d hear! 

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