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 Iowa

Facts & Research

  • In Iowa, 23% (114,865) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Iowa children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 33% (145,383) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in Iowa are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 14% (68,516) of Iowa's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 7,033 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 Iowa, refer to the Afterschool in Iowa Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

The Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development (ICYD) is a state-level council of agencies dedicated to ensuring that Iowa's youth graduate on time and with the skills necessary for success after high school. State agencies represented on ICYD include the departments of Human Services, Education and Human Rights as well as Iowa State University Extension. In addition, Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS) is a voluntary program committed to promoting and incentivizing the delivery of quality child care and afterschool services for Iowa's children and youth.

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

Iowa 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 Iowa participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Loras Osterhaus
Clinton Community Schools
600 S 4th St
Clinton, IA 52732-5647
(563) 243-9600 x47

Ambassador Emeritus
Matthew Tullis
Marshalltown All STARS
125 S 11th St
Marshalltown, IA 50158-2427

Ambassador Emeritus
Lynelle Henricksen
YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area
207 7th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-2001
(319) 366-6421 x102

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Iowa:

"Working parents need a safe place for their children during the afterschool hours before they come home& School-based learning centers can provide safe, drug-free, supervised and cost-effective havens for students and families. We need to continue to support them.

Tom Harkin
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

Michelle Rich
Iowa Afterschool Alliance
2910 Westown Parkway, Ste. 302
West Des Monies, IA 50266