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 Minnesota

Facts & Research

  • In Minnesota, 25% (219,277) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Minnesota children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 20% (149,516) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 95% of parents in Minnesota are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 15% (136,041) of Minnesota's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 11,647 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 Minnesota, refer to the Afterschool in Minnesota Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Funding for youth employment programs has been reduced by five percent; next year all youth employment funds will be merged into one competitive funding stream rather than supporting longtime successful programs. Youth Intervention Program funding was reduced by five percent when the department had to reduce its overall spending. Legacy funds (dedicated through a constitutional amendment) continue to make investments in important out-of-school-time opportunities for youth and families-such as the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Children's Museum and the Minnesota Zoo-however, additional cuts are expected in coming years. On the positive side, Gov. Mark Dayton is reinstating a Children and Youth Cabinet. Minnesota law permits this state-level cabinet, but the statute hasn't been utilized over the past eight years. The commissioners of Education, Health and Human Services will lead the charge in convening the Children's Cabinet. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature passed into law the Minnesota Youth Council Committee Bill, which establishes the Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) as a voice for youth to provide advice and recommendations to the legislature and the governor on issues affecting youth and to serve as a liaison for youth around the state to the legislature and the governor. The MYC selects bills in the House and Senate for consideration for a public hearing, proposes youth legislation, provides advisory opinions to the legislature on bills heard before the committee, and prepares a youth omnibus bill. The Minnesota Alliance With Youth, a partner of the Ignite Afterschool network, provides staff support and facilitates the MYC. The Student Advisory Committee to the Minnesota Department of Education is a sub-committee of the MYC. As part of their duties, they provide advice to crafting the 21CCLC RFP and coordinate a student review of the applications as part of the vigorous peer review process.

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

Minnesota 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 Minnesota participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)


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

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

Ambassador Emeritus
Duluth YMCA
302 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-4745

Ambassador Emeritus
Minneapolis Beacons Network
30 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 371-8728

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

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Minnesota:

Quality after-school programs connect children to caring adults and provide constructive activities during the peak hours of juvenile crime from 3 to 6 p.m. These efforts are among the most powerful tools for preventing crime, and they save more than $3 for every $1 spent, without even counting the savings from crime reductions.

Amy Klobuchar
U.S. Senator

State Contact

Kari Denissen-Cunnien
Ignite Afterschool
615 First Avenue NE, Suite 125
Minneapolis, MN 55414