The

Activity Gap

Access to after-school programs is growing more unequal, and that's pushing disadvantaged kids further behind.

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/01/the-activity-gap/384961/

Extracurriculars Are More Than Nice-to-Have:

They’re Essential

Low-income and minority students are at a structural disadvantage when it comes to accessing out-of-school opportunities

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-04-24-extracurriculars-are-more-than-nice-to-have-they-re-essential

 

Many Fewer Kids In After-school Programs Despite Greater Need, America After 3 PM Report Finds

 

The widening gap between rich and poor in America — even before the pandemic — is shown in a new report on children’s access to after-school programs. 

 

A survey of 30,000 households in January through March 2020 by the Afterschool Alliance showed a large drop in the number of children attending after-school programs and showed that parents have less access to these programs. 

 

 

https://youthtoday.org/2020/12/many-fewer-kids-in-after-school-programs-despite-greater-need-america-after-3-pm-report-finds/

Study: Kids who participate in team-based extracurricular activities have better mental health  

Extracurricular activities that nurture a sense of belonging with peers appear to bolster preteen's mental health, new research from the University of British Columbia suggests.

 

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-08-kids-team-based-extracurricular-mental-health.html

 

 

 

Afterschool Activities: Striking the Right Balance

 

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Afterschool-Activities-Striking-the-Right-Balance-116.aspx

 

 

 

Research: Team Sports Improve Kids’ Mental Health

 

Many parents are already aware of the physical benefits of having their kids play sports.  But, a recent study shows that engaging in team sports can actually help kids ward off depression too.

 

https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2019/08/12/research-team-sports-improve-kids-mental-health/