America After 3PM

America After 3PM

In South Dakota, unmet demand for afterschool programs has reached an all-time high, with more than 42,000 children who would be enrolled in a program if one were available to them. Demand for afterschool in South Dakota surges as parents see key benefits from afterschool, including keeping kids safe, helping them learn and grow, and providing peace of mind for working families. As families face barriers to participation, such as cost and accessibility, there is strong support behind public funding for afterschool programs in the state.

Demand

The number of children left without afterschool in South Dakota is high.

42,169 (34%) kids would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them in 2020.

Benefits

South Dakota children who are fortunate enough to take part in afterschool programs are having a positive experience.

99% of parents are satisfied with their child’s overall afterschool program experience.

Challenges

Many families face challenges to enrolling their child in an afterschool program.

Parents report that afterschool programs are not available in their community.

Support

There is significant bipartisan support for greater investment in afterschool.

South Dakota parents are overwhelmingly in favor of public funding for afterschool programs.

In South Dakota, unmet demand for afterschool programs has reached an all-time high, with more than 42,000 children who would be enrolled in a program if one were available to them. Demand for afterschool in South Dakota surges as parents see key benefits from afterschool, including keeping kids safe, helping them learn and grow, and providing peace of mind for working families. As families face barriers to participation, such as cost and accessibility, there is strong support behind public funding for afterschool programs in the state.

Demand

The number of children left without afterschool in South Dakota is high.

42,169 (34%) kids would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them in 2020.

Benefits

South Dakota children who are fortunate enough to take part in afterschool programs are having a positive experience.

Parents continue to be satisfied with their child’s overall afterschool program experience.

Challenges

Many families face challenges to enrolling their child in an afterschool program.

Parents report that afterschool programs are not available in their community.

Support

There is significant bipartisan support for greater investment in afterschool.

South Dakota parents are overwhelmingly in favor of public funding for afterschool programs.

Summer

Summer enrichment programs can be a game changer for young people. But unmet demand remains high.

There were 27,315 children (19%) in a structured summer experience during the 2019 summer.

STEM

South Dakota afterschool and summer programs provide hands-on STEM learning for students to explore, learn, and grow. But, too many young people are missing out.

There are 14,329 children with STEM learning opportunities in afterschool programs.

America After 3PM National Report

The Afterschool Alliance’s 4th edition of America After 3PM provides a detailed account of children in the afterschool hours, identifying: trends of participation in, and unmet demand for, afterschool programs; the experiences and opportunities programs afford; and which children and families are missing out, and why.

Black Communities After 3PM

Unmet demand for afterschool programs is high nationwide in 2020, but it is especially high among Black children: 58 percent of Black children not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if a program were available. Demand for afterschool surges as Black parents see key benefits for afterschool, including keeping kids safe, helping them learn and grow, and providing peace of mind for working families. While Black families face greater barriers to participation, such as cost and accessibility, there is strong support behind public funding for afterschool programs.

Latinx Communities After 3PM

Unmet demand for afterschool programs is high nationwide in 2020, but it is especially high among Latinx children: 55 percent of Latinx children not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if a program were available. Demand for afterschool surges as Latinx parents see key benefits for afterschool, including keeping kids safe, helping them learn and grow, and providing peace of mind for working families. While Latinx families face greater barriers to participation, such as cost and accessibility, there is strong support behind public funding for afterschool programs.

America After 3PM National Report

The Afterschool Alliance’s 4th edition of America After 3PM provides a detailed account of children in the afterschool hours, identifying: trends of participation in, and unmet demand for, afterschool programs; the experiences and opportunities programs afford; and which children and families are missing out, and why.

Black Communities After 3PM

Unmet demand for afterschool programs is high nationwide in 2020, but it is especially high among Black children: 58 percent of Black children not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if a program were available. Demand for afterschool surges as Black parents see key benefits for afterschool, including keeping kids safe, helping them learn and grow, and providing peace of mind for working families. While Black families face greater barriers to participation, such as cost and accessibility, there is strong support behind public funding for afterschool programs.

Latinx Communities After 3PM

Unmet demand for afterschool programs is high nationwide in 2020, but it is especially high among Latinx children: 55 percent of Latinx children not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if a program were available. Demand for afterschool surges as Latinx parents see key benefits for afterschool, including keeping kids safe, helping them learn and grow, and providing peace of mind for working families. While Latinx families face greater barriers to participation, such as cost and accessibility, there is strong support behind public funding for afterschool programs.

The South Dakota Afterschool Network works to better our state and its communities by connecting providers, parents and policymakers with proven tools and resources to increase the quality of and access to out-of-school time programming for K-12 children and youth.

Afterschool is a lifeline that keeps youth safe, helps kids learn and grow, and provides parents the ability to work without worry. While South Dakota is home to more than 300 afterschool programs, the demand for programs exceeds available spaces. In fact, 1 in 3 South Dakota children (34 percent) who are not in an afterschool program would be enrolled if it were available. That’s more than 42,000 children who are missing out on opportunities to participate in programming that supports their development academically, socially and economically.

Afterschool can provide valuable opportunities for students to explore STEM, and we are here to help your program succeed in STEM Learning! From webinars and trainings to our signature TMC Trailers that bring turnkey STEM activities to your doorstep, our diverse collection of resources meets you and your students where you are and provides the support you need to deliver quality programming to your students at any age. 

The South Dakota Afterschool Network wanted to create a mapping tool to better understand the landscape of afterschool and summer programs available for children and families. From the initial launch of the new mapping tool, we have identified some startling findings.