Published Online: March 22, 2016
Published in Print: March 23, 2016, as Rural Students

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"The Growing Importance of After School in Rural Communities"

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More children from rural areas are participating in after-school programs, but unmet demand for these opportunities remains high.

That was a key finding in a report released this month by Afterschool Alliance. It found that 13 percent of students in rural areas take part in after-school programs, up from 11 percent in 2009 but still below the national average of 18 percent. For every rural student enrolled in an after-school program, three more would enroll if such a program were available, the report says. It draws on results from online surveys of more than 13,700 households and more than 660 rural after-school providers.

Vol. 35, Issue 25, Page 5

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