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 Massachusetts

Facts & Research

  • In Massachusetts, 21% (213,966) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Massachusetts children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 44% (362,312) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 92% of parents in Massachusetts are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 19% (196,562) of Massachusetts's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 16,843 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 Massachusetts, refer to the Afterschool in Massachusetts Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

The Massachusetts After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST) Quality Enhancement Grant Program has continued to receive state support, even in the midst of difficult budget years and large deficits. The FY2010 budget allocated $2 million for ASOST-a significant recognition of the importance of state funding for afterschool. In addition, S. 215, An Act Establishing the After School and Out of School Time Coordinating Council, went before the Joint Committee on Education for a public hearing in May 2011. To promote quality in afterschool, The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care is piloting its Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for a second time and the state Legislature has included the ASOST Quality Enhancement Grant in its FY2012 budget. Finally, Gov. Deval Patrick's STEM Advisory Council released, "A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts' Plan for Excellence in STEM Education" in which it recommended that afterschool programming, as an environment that encourages hands-on, experiential learning, play a significant role in the commonwealth's STEM education initiatives.

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

Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

House Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)

House Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Jennifer Reth
Jennifer Reth
244 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970-3434

Ambassador Emeritus
Karen Steele
Partnership for Community Schools in Malden
238 Highland Ave
Malden, MA 02148-6431

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Massachusetts:

All the data tell us that afterschool programs are critically important to success in school, but the state and federal governments are poised to walk away from our kids, just at the time when we are beginning to understand how important these programs are.

Thomas Menino
Mayor, City of Boston

I know we can have better schools to support that emerging economy, and to prepare today's and tomorrow's citizens. But we will need high expectations for our kids at home as well as at schools, more flexibility in the classrooms and even in what we consider to be a classroom, early education and after-school programs, and public colleges and universities every bit as well-supported and honored as their private counterparts. Let's reach for that. I know we can have safer neighborhoods. But it will take more community-based patrols, after-school and enrichment programs, summer job and volunteer opportunities for young people...

Deval Patrick

Afterschool Storybook

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State Contact

Ardith Wieworka
Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership
128A Tremont Street, Suite 4F
Boston, MA 02108