Understaffing leaves after-school programs with unmet demand

  • Kiara Beard works with children in a before- and afterschool program operated by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. The return to classrooms for the nation’s schoolchildren has not meant a return to work for many of their parents who — with workdays that outlast school days - are finding crucial afterschool programs in short supply. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Rico X poses at his home March 14, 2022, in Hermitage, Tenn. X, who oversees the before- and afterschool programs run by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, says enrollment has had to be capped as parents return to work after the COVID pandemic because of staff shortages, leaving capacity at about 70% of what it was before the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Lesly Mendez works with children in a before- and afterschool program operated by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. The return to classrooms for the nation's schoolchildren has not meant a return to work for many of their parents who - with workdays that outlast school days - are finding crucial afterschool programs in short supply. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Anthony Gaylor works with children in a before- and afterschool program operated by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. The return to classrooms for the nation's schoolchildren has not meant a return to work for many of their parents who - with workdays that outlast school days - are finding crucial afterschool programs in short supply. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The return to classrooms for the nation’s schoolchildren has not meant a return to work for many of their parents who, with workdays that outlast school days, are finding crucial after-school programs in short supply.