Children’s waking hours - WHAT STORY DOES THIS TELL?

About 80% of children’s waking hours each year are spent outside of school.

Although supports in school can help kids improve their academic achievement, children spend 80% of their waking hours outside the classroom – and that was before the COVID-19 crisis. In order to support kids and help them be prepared for school and life, effective interventions must be offered in the community.

Children have about 5,500 waking hours each year.


Assumes the average child gets 9 hours of sleep per day. This assumption was based on and National Sleep Foundation recommendations.

School hours: National Center for Educational Statistics, State Education Reforms, Student Readiness and Progress Through School.