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Child Care & After-School Programs
Overview
Most of today's children and youth will spend more time in child care and after-school programs than in formal education. NIFA provides resources and national leadership to Land-Grant Universities to conduct research, education, and extension programs that will increase the quantity and improve the quality of child care (early care and education), school-age care (after-school), and teen out-of-school programs.

Every day in the US, 13 million preschool children are left in child care arrangements, 24 million school-age youth are in need of after-school programs, and an estimated 5 million youth are without any adult supervision during out-of-school time. The lack of affordable, quality child care and after-school programs has a negative effect on current and future educational accomplishment and employment for parents and children, the nation's economy and family income, and the physical and emotional environments in which people live.
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