Report Suggests Greater Arkansas After-School Programs

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A survey released Monday says about half of Arkansas school children are unsupervised when they get home from class and that many of them would participate if more after-school activities were offered.

The report by students at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service makes a number of recommendations to the Governor's Task Force on Best Practices for After-School and Summer Programs.

A majority of the children surveyed said they would consider an after-school program if their school offered one.  Parents interviewed in focus groups also said they want more of the programs.

The parents said homework help should be available along with recreational and social activities.  The parents said the way to make the programs more appealing is to make sure they are not crafted as simply as an extension of the school day.

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