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The demand for both coverage and quality in out-of-school time: Parents share what they value in school-age programs

Working parents depend on out-of-school time programs for child care coverage during work hours as well as for academic and social-emotional enrichment. However, what we know about quality afterschool programming is generally viewed through the lens of enrichment alone. What do parents who seek school-age care out of necessity value most about their child's afterschool or summer program? How do they define quality? Last year the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) set out to hear directly from parents and other caregivers on these questions, from the perspective of supporting Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies and their designated networks. The goal was to learn more about how working parents perceive school-age care options, what they value most, and how they choose care that fits the needs of their work schedules. (author abstract)
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Reports & Papers
United States
Indiana; Tennessee

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