California Data and News Release: Full STEM Ahead
California Parents Value Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Learning Opportunities Provided by Afterschool Programs


A recent news release (attached) highlighted parents of most children enrolled in expanded learning programs in California report that their child’s program offers STEM learning opportunities! The report also finds broad support among California parents for providing STEM learning in afterschool, and high satisfaction with afterschool STEM offerings among parents of children in afterschool programs. Findings from the new report are based on responses collected for America After 3PM from 30,000 U.S. households, including in-depth interviews with more than 13,000 parents and guardians, and 854 parents in California. Specifically the report found:

  • Most California parents say afterschool programs can help students gain STEM skills. Fully 74 percent of parents agree with that statement. 

  • Most California parents believe afterschool programs should offer STEM. In all, 77 percent of parents in California believe afterschool programs should provide opportunities to explore and engage in hands-on STEM learning.

  • Most California parents with children in afterschool say their child’s program offers STEM. Some 74 percent of parents whose children attend afterschool programs say that their child’s program provides STEM learning opportunities. 

  • Most California parents with children in afterschool programs are satisfied with the STEM learning opportunities. The afterschool STEM opportunities were deemed satisfactory by 75 percent of parents with children in afterschool in California.

Access the full press release attached.