Afterschool in Your State

A clearing house of information on afterschool across the country

Drill down into afterschool numbers, developments, resources, and more in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

Networks of afterschool program providers and advocates are already working or forming in several states across the county to push for quality, affordable afterschool programs for all youth. Use the map below to navigate to find out about all things afterschool in your state. Explore facts and figures on how children in your state spend their hours after school; state policy and funding information; afterschool champions and voices; and contacts in your state that can be a great resource to help guide your afterschool efforts.

Afterschool in Arkansas

Facts & Research

  • In Arkansas, 13% (65,107) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Arkansas children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 45% (190,563) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 95% of parents in Arkansas are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 13% (65,107) of Arkansas's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 11,457 kids* in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

*—This figure is an Afterschool Alliance calculation based on the state-allocated 21st CCLC funding and a program cost of $1,000 per child. The program cost per child is an Afterschool Alliance estimation based on the Department of Education's per-student expenditures for: (1) all students attending 21st CCLC programs and (2) students who regularly attend 21st CCLC programs.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in Arkansas, refer to the Afterschool in Arkansas Fact Sheet.

Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in Arkansas.


State Policy and Funding

In January 2008, Gov. Mike Beebe created the Governor's Task Force on Best Practices for Afterschool and Summer Programs. The task force served as an investigative and advisory body, and issued a report with findings and recommendations for the governor and the Arkansas General Assembly. As an outcome of the task force's work, the Positive Youth Development Grant program was passed during the 2011 legislative session, allowing both the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education to develop the administrative structure for a state funded system of quality afterschool and summer programs. Additionally, using over $100,000 in CCDF quality funds, the Arkansas School-Age Quality Initiative was developed to provide training to school-age programs across the state with the goal of increasing the number of state-accredited school-age programs and improving program quality. Funding for the Positive Youth Development Grant program has yet to be appropriated as of fall 2011. The report is available at

Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.

State Network

Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates:

Supplemental Educational Services

Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program? Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.

Afterschool Champions & Voices

Arkansas has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

Afterschool Caucus

On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from Arkansas participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Senate Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)


Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout Arkansas. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador Emeritus
At-Risk American Male Education Network (AAMEN)
3100 Prairie Drive
Jonesboro, AR 72404
(870) 802-4302

Ambassador Emeritus
Diana Gonzalez Worthen
P.O. Box 261
SPringdale, AR 72765
(479) 872-1977

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Arkansas:

Good after-school programs can further enrich a student's education while providing safe and well-organized afternoon activities. The same can be said for summer programs, which can keep young minds actively learning during the months between school years.

Mike Beebe

State Contact

Laveta Wills-Hale
Arkansas Out of School Network
1501 North University Ave., Suite 465
Little Rock, AR 72207