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 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 5,643 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 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.

State Network

Your state does not currently have an afterschool network, but see "State Contact" below for a helpful resource that can help guide afterschool efforts in Delaware.

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

Delaware 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 Delaware participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Senate Sen. Christopher Coons (D-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
Carol Scott
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Rd New Castle County Cooperative Extension
Newark, DE 19716-3467
(302) 831-8161

Ambassador Emeritus
Fontella Taylor
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-4977

Quick Quotes

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

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

Regina Sidney-Brown M.S.
Delaware Afterschool Network (DEAN)
C/O United Way of Delaware, 3rd Fl. 625 N. Orange St
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 573-3743