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EWA​, the professional organization dedicated to ​strengthening the community of education ​writers and improving the ​quality of education coverage ​to better inform the public, hosts ​a weekly podcast featuring lively interviews with journalists.

Apr 12, 2023

Millions of families struggle with after-school care – the hours after the school day ends but before the workday finishes. 

Rachel Cohen of Vox Media found the after-school crisis is not limited to one city or state. Millions of families need care, yet thousands of school districts offer no options at all. Some communities have just a single nonprofit or church program available, she discovered. 

With the help of an EWA Reporting Fellowship, Rachel traveled to Iowa and California to understand the problem. She was delighted to find example programs that started small but now can serve as a blueprint for other communities. Rachel details the many challenges parents and providers face, the proven benefits of after-school care and the sentence in education reporting she never, ever thought she'd hear!