Park and recreation agencies play an integral part in the lives of many families — especially when it comes to childcare. Nine in 10 adults recognize the importance of these before- and afterschool programs in their local community. Seventy-two percent of people say these programs are “very” or “extremely” important. Before- and afterschool programs hosted by the local park and recreation agency allow kids to have a place to learn, socialize and have fun. For parents, this valuable resource gives them peace of mind that their child is safe and being looked after while they work.
- Ninety percent of U.S. residents agree before- and afterschool programs provided by local park and recreation agencies are important.
- Seventy-two percent of U.S. residents indicate before- and afterschool programs provided by local park and recreation agencies are "very" or "extremely" important.
- Every major demographic group agrees on the importance of before- and afterschool programs provided by local park and recreation agencies, including:
- Parents (93 percent) and non-parents (89 percent)
- Males (88 percent) and females (92 percent)
- Millennials (93 percent), Gen Xers (89 percent) and baby boomers (88 percent)
- Household income less than $35,000 per year (91 percent) and household income more than $100,000 per year (90 percent)
- Hispanic adults (95 percent), black adults (99 percent) and white adults (88 percent)