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 Maryland

Facts & Research

  • In Maryland, 21% (192,737) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Maryland children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 36% (280,319) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in Maryland are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 16% (150,112) of Maryland's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 15,546 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 Maryland, refer to the Afterschool in Maryland Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Approximately $3.1 million from the Children's Cabinet Interagency Fund was granted to out-of-school-time programs by local management boards in 2011. While the funding stream has faced many budget cuts, it has remained relatively level.  Last year, afterschool programs were required to follow the Maryland Out-of-School Time Programs' Quality Standards Framework and to utilize, where eligible, the Federal At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program.  In FY2012 all programs will be trained to do self-assessments using the research-based Youth Program Quality Assessment tool as well as develop and implement program improvement plans. In addition, the city of Baltimore invests approximately $4.5 million in Baltimore's Out-Of-School Time (BOOST) afterschool programs.

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

Maryland 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 Maryland participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

House Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Senate Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Kat Stork
Caroline County Recreation and Parks
107 South 4th Street
Denton, MD 21629
(410) 479-8120

Ambassador Emeritus
Mark Smith
Dream Team 21st Century Program of St. Mary's County
24005 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
(301) 475-0242 x28125

Ambassador Emeritus
Elizabeth McGlynn
Girls on the Run of Montgomery County; MD
11821 Parklawn Drive Suite 105
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-3801

Ambassador Emeritus
Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc.
12320 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 354-4913

Ambassador Emeritus
Kendra Wells
University of Maryland Extension
14318 Woodcrest Drive
Rockville, MD 20853
(301) 871-7818

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Maryland:

"Maryland is a national model for quality, public education... This year, were connecting with students in our afterschool programs to show that a good education is more than just in the classroom  these experiences are part of the foundation for a wholesome education that nurtures our childrens talents outside of school hours."

Katie O'Malley
First Lady of Maryland

Afterschool Storybook

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.

State Contact

Ellie Mitchell
Maryland Statewide Out of School Time Network
2 East Read Street, Third Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202