By The Numbers: After School Activities: Cost and Who Isn't Playing

By The Numbers: After School Activities

Kids SoccerThis week Chesapeake Family is focused on After-School activities. While many parents complain that they are merely the "bus drivers" for their children as they shuffle them to soccer practice and ballet class, we found some surprising numbers indicating not all children are getting an enriching after-school experience.

A Household Economic Study by the U.S. Department of Commerce found:

  • 4.2 million school-age children ages 5 to 14 years are home alone while their mothers work.
  • 15 million youth (26%) are responsible for taking care of themselves in hours after school.
  • 15.3 million children would participate in after-school programs if they had access to quality programs and AFFORDABLE programs
  • 24 % of mothers paid an average of $135 per week or $7,020 a year for childcare.

The Wallace Foundation found:

  • $4,500 - annual cost of a teen to attend after-school activities.
  • $4,320 – annual cost of an elementary/middler schooler for after school activities.

No wonder so many parents are struggling to get their kids into sports.

For more information on after-school activities in our area, check out Chesapeake Family's Directory.