Afterschool programs in Minnesota 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 Minnesota is high


In 2019, 225,200 children (24%) would have been enrolled in a summer program if one were available to them.

Afterschool programs are supporting kids and families in Minnesota

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


Keeping kids safe and out of trouble


Helping kids build life skills


Giving working parents peace of mind


Engaging in STEM learning

Minnesota 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 2021


of kids enrolled in Minnesota afterschool attend a 21st CCLC program


in federal funds supports 21st CCLC programs statewide


FY 2022


kids served in Minnesota


to Minnesota

Learn more about 21st Century Community Learning Centers

* 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.

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Minnesota Contacts


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

Kari Denissen-Cunnien
Ignite Afterschool
1400 Van Buren St. NE
Suite 203
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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

Ambassador Emeritus
Nicole Hernandez
Children's Defense Fund Minnesota
555 Park St. Suite 410
St. Paul, MN 55103

Ambassador Emeritus
Christian Kibler
Burnsville Youth Collaborative
11308 River Hills Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 707-4107

Ambassador Emeritus
Jenny Wright Collins
University YMCA and Beacons Network
1801 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(763) 370-3554

Ambassador Emeritus
Matthew Kjorstad
YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
30 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 810-5461

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 Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Sen Tina Smith (D-MN)

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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