If you build it, will they come? Estimating unmet demand for after-school programs in america's distressed cities

Beth C. Weitzman, Tod Mijanovich, Diana Silver, Caitlyn Brazill

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Telephone-survey data were gathered from parents and youth in five of America's largest and most distressed cities to estimate unmet demand for after-school programs. Unmet demand was conceptualized as a function of low utilization and dissatisfaction with one's current arrangement; furthermore, the authors argue that dissatisfaction must stem from something that can be addressed through changes in policy or programs. Large numbers of parents of children who infrequently use after-school programs were found to indicate that they would increase utilization if there were improvements in the quality, access, or types of programming. However, large numbers of parents whose children do not participate or participate infrequently in after-school programs were also found to express satisfaction with their arrangement and indicated that they do not wish to change it. Expanding services with the assumption that children from these families will participate may be misguided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-34
Number of pages32
JournalYouth and Society
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

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If you build it, will they come? Estimating unmet demand for after-school programs in america's distressed cities. / Weitzman, Beth C.; Mijanovich, Tod; Silver, Diana; Brazill, Caitlyn.

In: Youth and Society, Vol. 40, No. 1, 09.2008, p. 3-34.

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