Study: Afterschool Programs for Children in Intergenerational Poverty Improves Academics

A study released on April 19, 2018 shows that afterschool programs in Utah are improving the academic success for children experiencing intergenerational poverty. To see firsthand the success mentioned in the study, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, chair of the Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission, visited Guadalupe School’s afterschool program—one of the participating programs.


In 2014, the Utah State Legislature passed Senate Bill 43, Intergenerational Poverty Interventions in Public Schools, to fund educational programming outside of the regular school day for students experiencing intergenerational poverty. The programs are funded through a partnership between the Utah State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Services.