New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP) today released a policy brief, “Public Funding for Comprehensive After-School Programs, 1998-2008,” showing that since 1998, city, state, and federal support of after-school programming in New York City has steadily increased, from about $23 million in 1998 to nearly $300 million this year.
Researchers at IESP, which conducts nonpartisan scientific research on education and social issues, analyzed an array of data measuring city, state, and federal spending on after-school programs. They document that since 1998, every level of government established initiatives to expand the availability and quality of programs that kids can attend every school day, generally for three hours a day, while their parents work. Eight times more city students, in kindergarten through high school, now attend daily, comprehensive programs that provide them with educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities than did a decade ago.
“The data show that all levels of government have provided increased public dollars for after-school programs, not only keeping pace with the increasing number of New York City children participating in these programs, but also increasing the amount of money available for each participant,” said Meryl Weinstein, the Institute’s assistant director.
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