Student Well-Being Reports

The State of After-School Programs: Results of a National Survey on Programming During a Pandemic

July 2022

The disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic produced new challenges for students and schools. Many students missed out on academic content and faced social isolation during remote learning. After-school activities may be one option for assisting students and providing educational or social-emotional support as they recover lost ground. But the challenges of the pandemic—ranging from staffing issues to economic turmoil— might impact the capacity of after-school programs to offer services.

To assess the current state of after-school programs, the EdWeek Research Center conducted a nationally representative survey of school principals and after-school employees between May and June of 2022. The survey examined the types of activities that programs provide, perceptions of pandemic-related changes, and hiring or retention difficulties. This report highlights survey findings.

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A student juggles a soccer ball on a playground amid the COVID-19 pandemic at Washington Elementary School Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. California is making it easier for school districts to hire teachers and other employees amid staffing shortages brought on by the latest surge in coronavirus cases.
A student juggles a soccer ball on a playground at Washington Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif. Schools and outside organizations are struggling to find workers to oversee after-school programs, which provide crucial opportunities for social-emotional support and homework help for students.
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Coverage of afterschool learning opportunities is supported in part by a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, at Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.