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 Illinois

Facts & Research

  • In Illinois, 20% (433,390) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Illinois children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 41% (741,400) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 80% of parents in Illinois are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 18% (404,791) of Illinois's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 52,084 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 Illinois, refer to the Afterschool in Illinois Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

In July 2010, the Illinois Afterschool Youth Development Program Act was signed into law, making access to afterschool programs a state policy priority. This law strengthened afterschool services by creating the Illinois Youth Development Council and a three-year Afterschool Demonstration Program (subject to appropriations). The Youth Development Council will serve to establish mechanisms for creating accountability among afterschool programs by: developing standards, measurable indicators and successful outcomes of program quality; collecting and analyzing data on the effectiveness of state- and locally-supported afterschool programs; identifying gaps in service; and increasing program participation and quality by providing technical assistance, capacity building, and program evaluation and monitoring. As of fall 2011, the governor is beginning to make appointments to the Youth Development Council, but the demonstration program has not yet been funded. Other state efforts include Teen REACH, the only state-funded afterschool program in Illinois. The governor's proposed FY2012 budget called for a reduction in Teen REACH funding from $16 million to $2 million, but the final budget provided $8.6 million. While these cuts are significant, many other human service programs-such as substance abuse, family planning and mental health services-suffered even more substantial cuts. Finally, work on the School-Age and Youth Development Credential is underway to enhance professional development and afterschool quality across the state. A copy of the Afterschool Youth Development Program Act can be found here.

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

Illinois 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 Illinois participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)

House Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)

Senate Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)


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

Ambassador for 2016-17
Tammera Holmes
AeroStar Avion Institute
18270 Anthony Avenue
County Club Hills, IL 60478
(708) 646-4300

Ambassador for 2016-17
Nate Clark
John Deere Foundation
One John Deere Place
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 748-7960

Ambassador Emeritus
Rise' Jones
Hamilton Wings
14 Crescent St
Elgin, IL 60123-6268
(847) 697-0876 x3

Ambassador Emeritus
Roslind Blasingame-Buford
LINK Unlimited Scholars
2221 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-5465

Ambassador Emeritus
Priscilla Steinmetz
The Bridge Teen Center
15555 S. 71st Court
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 532-0500

Ambassador Emeritus
Jorge Perez
YMCA of the USA
101 N Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 872-9622

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Illinois:

I wouldn't be here talking to you today if it weren't for afterschool... Afterschool helped me get back on track and made me who I am today... Young people [in afterschool programs] can better themselves with tutoring and find out who they are by exploring programs that aren't offered in school. The mentors and teachers and coaches that stay afterschool, they make the difference. It was a basketball coach for me. He didn't have to. He didn't get paid for it. But he did it and it changed my life.

Bill Wennington
Former Chicago Bulls center and radio personality

"There is no greater investment than #afterschool programs," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at @usedgov event in DC.

Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago

State Contact

Susan Stanton
Illinois-ACT NOW: Afterschool for Children and Teens
One North Dearborn, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602