Background: Before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs support working families by filling the gap between work and school schedules, providing additional learning opportunities for youth beyond the classroom, and keeping kids safe. 75 percent of Iowa parents support public funding for afterschool, and yet the need for programs far exceeds the funding available. Among Iowa’s K-12 students, 145,383 are waiting for an available program, and 114,865 are alone and unsupervised after school. Iowa provides some support for afterschool and summer learning programs, but needs to do much more, particularly to meet its goal that all children are reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
How would you ensure that all children and youth have access to high-quality before- and afterschool and summer programming?