Afterschool programs in Illinois keep kids safe, inspire learning, and give working parents peace of mind. Kids discover who they are and what they love to do, make smart choices, and avoid risky behaviors.

Unmet demand for afterschool and summer programs in Illinois is high


In 2019, 529,206 children (26%) would have been enrolled in a summer program if one were available to them.

Afterschool programs are supporting kids and families in Illinois

Kids in afterschool enjoy a wide range of benefits, and parents and families benefit too:


Keeping kids safe and out of trouble


Giving working parents peace of mind


Engaging kids in STEM learning


Helping kids build
life skills


Providing kids physical activity

Illinois parents strongly support afterschool


of parents support public funding for afterschool

21st Century Community Learning Centers are the only federal funded before-school, afterschool, and summer learning programs.


FY 2023


in federal funds supports 21st CCLC programs statewide

Learn more about 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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Illinois Contacts


The statewide afterschool network is working to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Susan Stanton
Afterschool for Children and Teens Now (ACT Now) Illinois
One North Dearborn
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602

AMBASSADORS work to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Ambassador Emeritus
Tammera Holmes
AeroStar Avion Institute
18270 Anthony Avenue
County Club Hills, IL 60478

Ambassador Emeritus
Priscilla Steinmetz
The Bridge Teen Center
15555 S. 71st Court
Orland Park, IL 60462

Ambassador Emeritus
Teresa Dothard-Campbell
Lights ON for Learning/ Glenview Middle School
3100 7th Street
East Moline, IL 61244
309-755-1919 x232

Ambassador Emeritus
Kenny Riley
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
2929 W 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60623
773-521-1600 x123

Since 2005, members of the Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives have been building support and resources for quality afterschool programs.

Caucus members in your state:

Rep Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)

Rep Bobby Rush (D-IL)

Rep Dan Lipinski (D-Il)

Rep Danny Davis (D-IL)

Sen Richard Durbin (D-IL)

For the past 7 years, the Afterschool Alliance has been a proud sponsor organization for national AmeriCorps VISTA projects, supporting State Afterschool Networks and STEM Ecosystems to increase the access to and quality of enrichment opportunities for youth.

Currently there are no Afterschool VISTA locations in your state.


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