Afterschool in Delaware

Facts & Research

  • In Delaware, 19% (28,292) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Delaware children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 40% (48,140) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 81% of parents in Delaware are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 18% (26,240) of Delaware's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 5,632 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.

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

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

State Policy and Funding

Delaware is directing some of its Race to the Top funding to support the creation and expansion of local afterschool and summer programming. According to plans posted online, each one of Delaware's school districts are reinforcing Delaware's requirement for local education agencies (LEAs) to support increasing learning time with enrichment activities. In addition, Delaware Stars for Early Success is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education and school-age settings. Delaware Stars for Early Success has a separate set of quality standards specifically for school-age programs.

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.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

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.

Delaware garnered a $100 million grant from the federal Race to the Top (RTT) Phase I competition to implement comprehensive school reform. In its application, Delaware indicated support for expanded learning time activities including before and after school programs and summer institutes for students.

Additionally, the Delaware Afterschool Alliance secured an increase in the length of time job-hunting parents qualify for Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) subsidies from 30 days to 180 days and a one-time bonus subsidy.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

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

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight Delaware's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in Delaware:

After-school programs are effective in raising student skills because they feature educational and experiential activities that are critical for student development. These programs also combine fun with learning and provide the one-on-one instruction and hands-on learning that many children need to have to excel.

Jack Markell

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Delaware.

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Afterschool Champions

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

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 Delaware participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Senate Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE)

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in Delaware:

Delaware Action for Youth, New Castle, DE

Former Mayor Stephen R. Speed, Dover, DE

Governor Ruth Ann Minner, Dover, DE (2001-2009)

Mayor James M. Baker, Wilmington, DE

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

Ambassador Emeritus:
University of Delaware 4-H Afterschool
NCC Cooperative Extension
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716

Ambassador Emeritus:
University of Delaware 4-H Afterschool
NCC Cooperative Extension
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716

State Contact

John Hulse
21st CCLC Program Officer
Delaware Department of Education
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE
(302) 857-3320