Activities Outside of School

For school-aged children, participation in activities—such as sports teams, lessons, Scouts, religious groups, or Boys’ or Girls’ Clubs—after school or on the weekends can be an important part of overall development and can provide enrichment and contribute to the development of social skills. Parents of children aged 6-17 years were asked if their children had participated in any of these types of activities in the previous year. Overall, 80.8 percent of school-aged children participated in at least one organized activity outside of school.

Participation in activities outside of school varies by race and ethnicity. Among children aged 6-17 years, non-Hispanic White children were most likely to have participated in activities outside of school (86.2 percent), followed by non-Hispanic children of other races (84.0 percent), and non-Hispanic Black children (76.3 percent). Only 69.5 percent of school-aged Hispanic children participated in activities outside of school.

Participation in activities outside of school increases with household income. While 61.1 percent of school-aged children with household incomes below the Federal poverty level (FPL) participated in at least one activity outside of school, 73.7 percent of children with household incomes between 100 and 199 percent of FPL did so. Among children aged 6-17 years, 87.1 percent of those with household incomes between 200 and 399 percent of FPL participated in outside activities, as did 93.7 percent of those with household incomes of 400 percent or more of FPL.

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