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.

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.

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.

Iowa received $18.7 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. SIG funds are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

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 Iowa's afterschool cause.

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

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Iowa.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

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.

From Sheri Clark's Afterschool Story:

I know you have heard the saying, "there are angels that walk among us." Well, I am a firm believer that some of them work for our afterschool program.

Read more from Sheri Clark's Afterschool Story

Afterschool Champions

Iowa 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 Iowa participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA)

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 Iowa:

Chief of Police William McCarthy, Des Moines, IA

Davenport Community Schools, Davenport, IA

Iowa State University, Ames, 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:
Soar to Success
Clinton Community Schools
600 South 4th Street
Clinton, IA 52732
563-243-9600 x47

Ambassador Emeritus:
Helen G. Nassif YMCA
207 7th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

State Contact

Michelle Rich
Network Lead
Iowa Afterschool Alliance
c/o State Public Policy Group
2910 Westown Parkway, Ste. 302
West Des Moines, IA 50266