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 Kentucky

Facts & Research

  • In Kentucky, 18% (126,622) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Kentucky children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 44% (265,184) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 86% of parents in Kentucky are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 15% (104,693) of Kentucky's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 17,055 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 Kentucky, refer to the Afterschool in Kentucky Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Kentucky has developed its School-Age Quality Framework through a collaborate effort between the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Child Care, the Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative and the Kentucky Out-of School Alliance. Kentucky also funds Family Resource and Youth Services Centers ($52 million in 2011) to enhance students' ability to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote: early learning and successful transition to school; academic achievement and well-being; and graduation and transition into adult life. Additionally, the commonwealth of Kentucky also funds several programs devoted to extending the learning day for children in need and promotes reading programs for elementary school students with lottery dollars through Early Reading Incentive Fund Grants.

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

Kentucky 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 Kentucky participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Edward Whitfield (R-KY)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Corbin Independent Schools
108 Roy Kidd Avenue
Corbin, KY 40701
(605) 523-3628

Ambassador Emeritus
Leslie Spears
Starting Gate
1818 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 252-8648

Ambassador Emeritus
Terry Spurlock
WOW Program 21 CCLC , Catlettsburg Elem, Boyd County Schools
3348 Court St
Catlettsburg, KY 41129-1108
(606) 739-5515 x258

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Kentucky:

In today's day and age, it is far too easy for our children to fall into the trap of substance abuse or delinquency, and I am a firm believer that after-school programs help keep our youth on track.

Hal Rogers
U.S. House of Representatives (R-5th)

State Contact

Carolyn Hudman
Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance
915 Leawood Drive, Suite B
Frankfort, KY 40601