The Afterschool Alliance recently published a report titled “America after 3pm”. One key take-away:

“While parents report that many factors were important to them in selecting their child’s afterschool program, more than half (53 percent) said that STEM learning opportunities were very important in their decision. Of parents who shared that STEM learning opportunities were very important in selecting their child’s afterschool program, 85 percent were satisfied with their afterschool program’s STEM learning opportunity.” (pg 31)

Also highlighted was the fact that many parents pay expensive tuition fees for their children to participate in afterschool programming, and that low-income families wish there were more affordable opportunities available to them. Libraries are uniquely positioned to fill this STEM gap!

Read the full report here. (PDF)