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Title: ENHANCED OUTOFSCHOOL TIME ACTIVITIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND


1
ENHANCED OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME ACTIVITIES FOR
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE
ISLAND
  • Presented by Julie Pokela, Ph.D.
  • Market Street Research, Inc.
  • April, 2004

2
Objectives
  • The objectives were to determine for middle
    school students and their parents
  • Decision-making about OST activities
  • Current participation in and satisfaction with
    OST activities
  • Barriers to participation in OST activities
  • Interest in specific types of organized
    activities
  • Preferences for OST program structure
  • Likely attendance of OST program
  • Sources of information about OST activities

3
Methodology
  • Phase One Focus Groups

4
Methodology (cont.)
  • Phase Two Survey of Students and Parents
  • Telephone survey of 200 middle school students
    and 200 parents of middle school students
  • Students were interviewed in-person at school
  • Phone numbers for the parent survey were obtained
    from middle school students in the Providence
    school system
  • Parents were interviewed by telephone
  • Interviews with students were conducted between
    January 6 and January 15, 2004
  • Interviews with parents were conducted between
    January 8 and January 25, 2004
  • The response rate for the parent survey was 80.2

5
Methodology (cont.)
  • Phase Two Survey of Students and Parents
    (cont.)
  • We weighted the total results based on the actual
    population distribution of middle school students
    within the Providence school system, in terms of
    grade, gender and ethnicity
  • The intercept interviews with middle school
    students and the method used to generate phone
    numbers for parents results in a convenience or
    non-random sample
  • For the purpose of analysis, we have treated
    these results as if they were from a scientific
    sample, and have calculated an error rate under
    these assumptions
  • The margin of error for this study is plus or
    minus 2.9 to 4.8 percentage points

6
Race, Ethnicity and Primary Language
Race or Ethnicity
Language Spoken Most at Home
7
Decision-Making About OST Activities
8
Important Criteria in Selecting OST Activities
Parents
9
Important Criteria in Selecting OST Activities
Students
10
Average Number of Weekdays Spent in Specific OST
Activities
Number of school days per week
11
Structured OST Activities Middle School Students
are Participating in
12
Satisfaction with Current OST Activities
13
Reasons for Dissatisfaction with Out-of-School
Time
Among parents and students who do not like how
time after school is spent a lot (N174).
14
Lack of High-Quality Activities
  • Middle school students
  • I support after-school programs completely,
    because you talk to your friends, and nobody
    wants to go home after school. Nobody.
  • I dont like going home after school.
  • Me neither.
  • I just go because I have to. If I had somewhere
    else to go, I would go somewhere else.

15
Barriers to Participation in OST Activities
  • Students safety
  • The quality of programs and activity leaders,
    including the extent to which programs offer
    challenging, rewarding activities and are
    appropriately supervised
  • Possible adverse influences from other
    participants
  • The cost of participation
  • Transportation to activities

16
How Much of a Problem is Having Other Kids in the
Program Who Have Bad Attitudes, or Seem
Threatening?
17
Safety Concerns Parents
  • Respondent My daughters, they are not allowed
    to go nowhere anyway, thats just the way it is.
    . . . Sorry, they aint going nowhere. . . .
    Youre not going nowhere. You stay home until I
    get home from work, thats just the rule now.
    Basically, I know what they are doing because
    they are home.
  • Moderator Are you worried about what your kids
    are doing after school?
  • Respondent Not too much. For the most part,
    they are always in the house. There are not a
    lot of after-school programs at the school they
    go to. Theres a lot of money invested in the
    computer and a lot of money on the shelf in Play
    Station. But if thats what it takes to keep
    them in…

18
Safety Concerns Students
  • Respondent I would go to an after-school
    program if I know other people who are there. .
    . . Cause you dont want to be hanging around
    there by yourself like that.
  • Moderator What about if there were other kids
    there, but you just didnt know them?
  • Respondent The problem is theres a lot of
    haters.
  • Moderator Haters?
  • Respondent Theres too much stuff going on.
  • Respondent Too much stuff. If I were to make
    like some beautiful stuff like that through an
    after-school program, out on the street, I would
    take no junk from nobody.

19
Quality of Programs and Activity Leaders
  • Parent
  • One year, this was a couple years ago, I tried
    to take them to an after school program. I said,
    Im going to give it a shot to see how it is.
    They went in there, I kept them there for three
    weeks. It was out of control, the kids were not
    being watched. . . . My kids were getting beat
    up. They were getting pushed in the bathrooms,
    punched, and all this stuff. I was like, what is
    going on? And the people who are supposed to be
    watching the kids, they not watching them. It
    was like, you go and leave the kids in there, and
    they go and chat and drink the coffee. The kids
    can kill each other there, they dont care. . . .
    I felt I was just putting my kids in a dangerous
    situation. . . . I was like putting them in the
    lions den, and they were just attacking them,
    you know. Thats how I felt.

20
Adverse Influences
  • Parent
  • Im not going to let my child into the
    after-school program when you have all these
    different types of people, kids, children, who
    are coming there and its not supervised. We
    dont know what the moral content is with all the
    children. My kids go down to the bus stop, and
    they are swearingthese are little kids! . . .
    Theres the price you are going to pay for your
    child to be in an after-school program that
    it is just going to tear down everything that
    you are trying to build up in them. Its not
    worth it.

21
How Much of a Problem is Transportation or Not
Having a Good Way to Get to Activities?
22
Interest in Specific Types of Organized
Activities Parents
23
Interest in Specific Types of Organized
Activities Students
24
Interest in Specific Arts and Culture Activities
Parents
Among parents interested in any arts or culture
programs (N193).
25
Interest in Specific Arts and Culture Activities
Students
Among students interested in any arts or culture
programs (N178).
26
Preferences for OST Program Structure
27
Ideal Program Location
28
Preferences Relating to Days and Times
29
Preferences for OST Times on Weekdays
30
Preferences Relating to Activity Variety
31
Preferences Relating to High School or College
Student Activity Leaders
32
Likely Attendance of OST Activities Average
Number of Days
Number of school days per week
33
Likely Attendance of Parent Night Parents
34
Community Building
  • Parent
  • It is hard to meet the parents, beyond the
    closest friends of my son and my daughter. But
    if we couldif parents of each class could have
    some sort of a program where they could meet,
    vent their problems, and then assist each other,
    you knowif her daughter is having a problem,
    and I happen to know my son is in the same class
    as her, and I know the problems that shes
    willing to trust to tell me, then probably I
    could be of some sort of resource for her.

35
Reactions to Program Prices
Among parents (N200).
36
Sources of Information About OST Activities
Among parents (N200).
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