The Afterschool Alliance’s 4th edition of America After 3PM provides a detailed account of children in the afterschool hours, identifying: trends of participation in, and unmet demand for, afterschool programs; the experiences and opportunities programs afford; and which children and families are missing out, and why.

In North Carolina, 927 households and 1,915 children were screened for the afterschool-related questions and 885 households and 1,690 children were screened for the summer-related questions in this study. Child-level statewide projections and total school enrollment numbers are based on 2018-2019 Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Total school enrollment for North Carolina is 1,617,238.

North Carolina returns to the top 10 in the sixth spot, after falling out in 2014. The ranking is driven by high satisfaction numbers— parent satisfaction with programs reached an all-time high this year— and a low rate of children alone and unsupervised after school. However, unmet demand for afterschool in North Carolina has skyrocketed: more than 666,000 children would be enrolled in a program if one were available to them.