Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
While research in the field of afterschool outcomes has made significant contributions to
the knowledge of afterschool programs in urban areas, a thorough analysis of the
cumulative availability across Chicago may offer a more detailed picture. Although much
research has taken a look at many different aspects of afterschool such as the rising
demand and various benefits, very little of it has offered a thorough analysis of the
cumulative availability across Chicago, Illinois (Saito, 2006; Vandell, 2007; Huang,
2007; Acevedo, 2008). This thesis explores afterschool programs in the context of
Chicago, Illinois. The motivation for the study was the assumption that the spending of
education funding in Chicago provides equal opportunities for youth to participate. The
study looks at key claims about the supply and demand for afterschool and examines
whether afterschool programming is equally distributed across the city. The analysis
includes maps using geographic information systems (GIS) and various policies that
affect the availability and sustainability of afterschool programming in Chicago. This
investigation found that afterschool programs are not equally distributed across Chicago.
More specifically this project examines the results and policy implications of unequal
access to expanded learning opportunities between socio-economic statuses and
predominantly low-income, minority neighborhoods. Recommendations for practice and
suggestions for further research are also presented.
Delfin, Diana, "After the Last School Bell: An Overview of Afterschool Programs in Chicago" (2012). Theses (2 year embargo). 3.
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