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Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

As workplace demands and dual–working parent households became more common in the 1990s, the need for care for school-age children (K–12) during the out-of-school time (OST) hours skyrocketed. In 2014, more than 10 million children participated in OST programs nationwide. Another 19 million children would participate if parents had a program available to them in which they could enroll their children. Also, years of research have shown that the hours from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. are a critical time for children and youth to be engaged in positive behaviors and activities in environments where they can be cared for and supported versus being at home alone or unsupervised in their neighborhoods.

While the need for care has driven much of the interest and demand for ...

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