Demand for high-quality summer learning programs in Rhode Island is expected to outstrip availability this summer, and the shortage could impact jobs. According to United Way of Rhode Island, when families have choices for afterschool and summer learning, they have greater peace of mind: 4 in 5 parents say these programs help them keep their jobs.
That was one of the key messages delivered by United Way of Rhode Island’s (UWRI) Afterschool Leadership Circle (ALC) when the group hosted an Afterschool and Summer Learning Day at the State House on Thursday, May 25. More than 100 education professionals, representing high-quality programs statewide, attended to share the impact of their work.
Students Achieve More with Afterschool & Summer Programs
According to the Afterschool Alliance, when students participate in afterschool programs, they attend school more often, do better in school and are more likely to graduate. In addition:
- By increasing kids’ earning potential, improving academic achievement and reducing juvenile crime and delinquency, afterschool programs save up to $9 for every $1 invested.
- All students, regardless of socioeconomic status, lose up to two months of math skills when they lack access to active learning opportunities during the summer, while low-income youth may also lose two months of reading comprehension.
- By keeping kids safe, supported and supervised when not in school, out-of-school programs help businesses hire the workforce they need.