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 Colorado

Facts & Research

  • In Colorado, 17% (146,856) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Colorado children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 35% (256,263) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 88% of parents in Colorado are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 15% (129,579) of Colorado's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 11,325 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 Colorado, refer to the Afterschool in Colorado Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

The Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Commission was appointed by Commissioner of Education Dwight Jones in May 2010. The commission was charged with examining the state-level policies needed to most effectively use the school day as well as to foster collaboration and partnerships among teachers, schools and community partners that go beyond core subjects to fully engage and enrich all students. The goals of the commission are strongly linked to the overall education goals of the state of Colorado: increase academic growth for struggling students, close the achievement gap, increase student attendance and decrease the dropout rate.

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

Colorado 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 Colorado participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Your state has no elected officials in the Afterschool Caucus. Ask your Senators and Representative to show their support for afterschool programs by joining the Afterschool Caucuses.


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Sandy Baca-Sandoval
DPS-Horace Mann Neighborhood Center
3435 W 40th Ave Rm 16-B
Denver, CO 80211-1921
(720) 424-1475

Ambassador Emeritus

Ambassador Emeritus
Poudre School District
2540 Laporte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 566-2618

Ambassador Emeritus
Patrick Wilhelm
Scholars Unlimited
3401 Quebec Street #5010
Denver, CO 80207
(720) 424-9719

Ambassador Emeritus
Karen Brown
YMCA of Boulder County
2850 Mapleton Valley
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 442-2778

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Colorado:

The need for more after-school opportunities has been made clear to me in my visits to every high school in my district. Students have told me that if there were more after-school activities, they would participate in them.

Mark Udall
U.S. Senate

Afterschool Storybook

America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.

State Contact

Melissa Beck
Colorado Afterschool Partnership
Denver, CO
303-292-3144 x215