The percentage of Montana children taking part in afterschool programs has changed very little over the past 10 years, hovering between 12 and 14 percent. Currently at 13 percent, the participation rate in afterschool programs is well below the national average. Although afterschool program participation has changed little, unmet demand for afterschool programs in Montana has grown from 26 percent in 2004 to 38 percent in 2014.
You can read more here about the data collected from Montanans in the America After 3PM Report. Specifically, you will see who is participating in afterschool programs, parent satisfaction with their afterschool choices, healthy eating in afterschool, physical activity in afterschool, summer learning programs and much more.
This fall, the Montana Afterschool Alliance will be conducting a more in depth statewide needs assessment. The data collected in this assessment will give us a better idea of what tools afterschool providers need to continue to improve the quality and sustainability of their programs. Additionally, we will meet with parents and families to get a better picture of what barriers they are facing to accessing afterschool and summer programs. This will be important as we continue to serve as the champion for out-of-school-time programming in Montana.