chapter  9
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Implications

Many of the children in the present study would benefit from afterschool programs that are not currently available to them, either because their parents cannot afford the programs, they have no transportation to or from the programs, or appropriate programs simply do not exist where they are. Because this study was conducted in a metropolitan area unusually well served by after-school programs and by public transportation, the unmet needs in many other parts of the country are almost certainly greater. When parents cannot resolve their after-school dilemmas alone, it is time for the larger society to find ways to assist them and their children. Additional funding is essential to create more after-school programming, to subsidize access to this programming for children who would not otherwise benefit from it, and to subsidize transportation to and from after-school activities for children who need this assistance.