After-School Centers

After-school centres are settings that provide a range of functions that can include care, leisure, play, or academic support for primary-school-age children outside the regular hours of school. After-school centres are important in the lives of children in an increasing number of countries. Although most of these services provide care for school-age children, they can differ in what other purposes they perform in the hours outside school. After-school centres have recently begun to attract increasing interest from academic researchers. The purpose of this entry is to provide an overview of research into these settings and their varied purposes.

After-school centres typically operate in the hours immediately before and after school and can also operate during school vacations. These programs are provided in many geographic locations, ...

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