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 Maine

Facts & Research

  • In Maine, 20% (38,129) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Maine children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 44% (68,777) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in Maine are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 18% (33,387) of Maine's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 5,632 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 Maine, refer to the Afterschool in Maine Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Maine has several current quality initiatives, including Maine Roads to Quality: Early Care and Education Career Development Center, which promotes and supports professionalism in early care and school-age care/youth development. Maine supports middle school programs located in each of the state's 16 counties using Tobacco Master Settlement funding. While these programs vary in design and dimension, each of them serves a unique group of students who would otherwise not be engaged in afterschool and summer learning experiences. In April 2010, legislation was passed to establish eight district councils around the state charged with designing a coordinated service system to increase high school graduation rates, among other goals on behalf of youth. These district councils are currently being formed and will include a strong focus on afterschool and summer programs as alternative academic credit venues through the Governor's Children's Cabinet Shared Youth Vision Council.

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

Maine 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 Maine participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

Senate Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME)

Senate Sen. Angus King (I-ME)


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

Ambassador for 2016-17
Amy Pichette
181 Brackett St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 775-0105 x 164

Ambassador Emeritus
Charles Harrington
E.D.G.E. after school care
PO Box 428
Cherryfield, ME 04622

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Maine:

Numerous studies confirm what parents and community leaders already know -- afterschool programs keep children safe, reduce crime and drug use, and improve academic performance. In fact, every $1 invested in afterschool programs saves taxpayers $3 in increased performance and compensation and reduced school costs and crime.

Susan Collins
U.S. Senate

State Contact

Erin Frati
Maine AfterSchool Network
August, ME NULL