After-School Programs Are Low on Staff, Leaving Students Unsupervised and Underserved

Unprecedented staffing shortages have plagued schools nationwide all year—and these issues haven’t spared after-school programs.

Roughly three-quarters of after-school program providers who answered a recent survey from Edge Research for the Afterschool Alliance said they’re struggling to hire or retain staff. Suburban program providers were more likely to report staff shortage troubles than urban and rural providers.

Reduced staffing for after-school programs means some services had to shut down entirely, or reduce the number of students who can attend. That means fewer students are getting crucial opportunities for social-emotional support and homework help, and more kids may be ending up without proper supervision after school with family members still at work.

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