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 California

Facts & Research

  • In California, 19% (1,247,699) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all California children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 49% (2,435,254) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 90% of parents in California are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 25% (1,661,374) of California's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 124,945 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 California, refer to the Afterschool in California Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

School-based afterschool funding in California originates from the state-funded After School Education and Safety (ASES) program and the federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative. Part of California's federal 21st Century funding is reserved for high schools through the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) program. While the 21st Century initiative(including ASSETs) funds programs at 912 school sites, ASES funds programs at more than four times as many sites (4,026). California has survived its first year of the post-Schwarzenegger era, who was an enthusiastic supporter of afterschool. Gov. Jerry Brown signed his first state budget, and while subsidized child care took a $200 million hit, ASES was fully funded at $550 million. The major policy initiative this year is to increase the flexibility of ASES supplemental program grants to be more effective in serving students during the summer months. In addition, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson created a new After School Divison during the 2011 reorganization of the California Department of Education.

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

California 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 California participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)

House Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

House Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

House Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)

House Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Senate Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA)


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 California. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador Emeritus
Boys & Girls Clubs of East Los Angeles
324 North McDonnell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 263-4955

Ambassador Emeritus
Tariq Norris
Coronado YMCA of the East Bay
263 S 20th St
Richmond, CA 94804-2709
(510) 412-5647 x137

Ambassador Emeritus
CSU Channel Islands
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 437-3597

Ambassador Emeritus
Roy Mendiola
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District
1976 Morris Kyle Dr Second Floor
Firebaugh, CA 93622-9711
(559) 659-1476

Ambassador Emeritus
1624 Fairview Road
Bakersfield, CA 93304
(661) 837-6070

Ambassador Emeritus
Mostovoy Strategies, LLP
CA (310) 936-8207

Ambassador Emeritus
Stephanie Roberts
Mt. Diablo CARES
1026 Mohr Lane
Concord, CA 94518-1102
(925) 682-8000 x6203

Ambassador Emeritus
Kasey Blackburn-Jiron
Oakland Unified School District
746 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 568-1030

Ambassador Emeritus
John Poch
San Jose State University
1393 S. 7th Street, Suite 111
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 924-1200

Ambassador Emeritus
Pamela Brasher
Santee School District
9619 Cuyamaca St
Santee, CA 92071-2674
(619) 258-2369

Ambassador Emeritus
T.H.I.N.K. Together
2101-A E. Fourth Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(619) 672-4673

Ambassador Emeritus
YMCA of Silicon Valley
80 Silicon Valley
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 351-6400

Ambassador Emeritus
John Ervin
Aspire Public Schools
3311 E. Morada Lane
Stockton, CA 95205
(209) 647-3047

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in California:

We need to continue making sure kids have productive things to do after school. Last year we stepped up and authorized $800,000 to expand after-school programs. I hope that we as a city can be aggressive in applying for the recently approved $550 million statewide for afterschool programs from Proposition 49. Our city share should be in the ballpark of $7 million, which could provide a lot of afterschool opportunities.

Kevin McCarty
City Council Member, Sacramento

Research provides ample evidence of the positive impact of good afterschool programs. Children who regularly attend have better grades and behavior in school, lower incidences of drug use, violence and pregnancy, and are less likely to be either the perpetrators or victims of crime.

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senate

Afterschool Storybook

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State Contact

Jeff Davis
California AfterSchool Network
Sacramento, CA