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All Work and No Play?

Listening to What Kids and Parents Really Want from Out-of-School Time

This report on a national survey explores the often-overlooked views of parents and children on what they want from afterschool and summer programs.
November 2004
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  • Author(s)
  • Ann Duffet, Jean Johnson, Steve Farkas, Susanna Kung, and Amber Ott
  • Publisher(s)
  • What Parents Should Know
Page Count 55 pages


This national survey from Public Agenda sheds light on what children and their parents want from out-of-school time (OST) programs, adding their often-missing voices to the OST policy discussion. It finds that the vast majority of families want afterschool and summer programs, but it also reveals differences in expectations and satisfaction—particularly along racial and socioeconomic lines.

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