The following research from the Afterschool Hours in America report is alarming!
- More than 15 million school-age children (26 percent) are on their own after school. Among them are more than 1 million are in grades K to 5. (Afterschool Alliance, 2009)
- The parents of more than 28 million school-age children work outside the home. (U.S. Department of Labor, 1998)
- Only 8.4 million K-12 children (15 percent) participate in afterschool programs. An additional 18.5 million would participate if a quality program were available in their community. (Afterschool Alliance, 2009)
- The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex. (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2002)
- Nine in 10 Americans want all children and teens to have some type of organized activity or safe place to go after school. (Afterschool Alliance & Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates Inc., 2004)
- Over three-quarters of Americans (76 percent) agree that members of Congress, state and local elected officials should increase funding for afterschool programs. (Afterschool Alliance & Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates, Inc., 2008)
- Currently, the federal government contributes only 11 percent of the cost of afterschool, while 29 percent of the children in afterschool meet the federal government’s definition of low-income and in need of federal assistance. (Afterschool Alliance, 2009)
Caddo Parish is a reflection of this research! Through grants, community support and volunteer services, FDDOC Winners’ Circle has provided high-quality after-school programs at 18 targeted schools for over 5000 students that were at-risk of failing or dropping out. The following data supports the need for after-school services for deserving students in these Caddo schools:
- 6 of the schools have been labeled as Academically Unacceptable Schools.
- 5 schools are labeled Academically Unacceptable during the 2010-11 school year.
- 2 schools are labeled “In Decline” with LEAP scores behind the state average in every grade level and subject.
- 1 school was deemed a failing school and reorganized by the Louisiana Department of Education.
- 12 schools have a free and reduced lunch percentage of 90% or above and are designated as Title I schools.
- 15 schools do not have funding for an after-school program.
- 3 schools are non-Title I schools, but have a high-percentage of students who scored at the Unsatisfactory and Below Basic levels on the LEAP assessments.
- 13 schools are located in high crime neighborhoods within Shreveport, Louisiana.
Through extended learning opportunities in structured, safe environments after school, FDDOC Winners’ Circle is making sure that these students experience academic success, develop relationships with caring adults and prepare for the future!