About 72 percent of all children are unsupervised after school while their parents are working.

A University of Missouri Extension program is working to ensure that school-age children in Missouri have access to quality, after-school programs.

The network says in Missouri, only 12 percent of school-age children participate in after-school programs, but 30 percent more would participate if a program was available in their area.

The network urges parents to look at some 271 after-school programs it sponsors around the state.