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 Florida

Facts & Research

  • In Florida, 19% (541,481) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Florida children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 46% (1,031,509) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 90% of parents in Florida are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 22% (627,430) of Florida's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 59,746 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 Florida, refer to the Afterschool in Florida Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Florida maintains a unique resource for garnering greater afterschool funds: the Children's Services Councils. These county-based, publicly-funded independent bodies oversee property tax funds devoted to meeting the needs of children. This property tax levy brings in millions of dollars for youth development and child care in the larger communities such as Jacksonville, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach County, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Martin County. The Children's Services Councils across Florida support afterschool programs, resulting in afterschool opportunities at either no cost or low cost for families. In addition, Florida is in the process of developing a formal afterschool professional development system that will provide an array of options for afterschool practitioners to earn a credential certificate up through bachelor-level degrees. Finally, the Florida Department of Children and Families child licensing task force has endorsed the adoption of Florida's afterschool program quality standards as licensing standards for afterschool programs. The development of the standards was supported by numerous groups across the state.

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

Florida 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 Florida participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL)

House Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)

House Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

House Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

House Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Ralph Smith
Computer Mentors Group
2802 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suite F
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 236-1191

Ambassador Emeritus
Laurie Bourdon
Duval County Public Schools
2924 Knights Lane E #275B
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 739-4868

Ambassador Emeritus
Florida's Office of Early Learning
6973 Kimberly Terrace
Ft. Myers, FL 33919-6900
(239) 432-0051

Ambassador Emeritus
Jackie Francisco
Jackie Francisco
825 Woodsage Lane
Merritt Island, FL 32953
(321) 960-3229

Ambassador Emeritus
Debra Ballinger
4140 49th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33709

Ambassador Emeritus
Robert Hill Jr.
YMCA of Broward County
900 SE 3rd Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 907-7054

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Florida:

Right now, the demand for affordable, quality after-school experiences far exceeds the availability of these programs.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
U.S. House of Representatives (R-27th)

State Contact

Florida Afterschool Network
111 N. Gadsden Street, Suite 300
Tallahassee, FL 32301