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.

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. Finally, legislation calling for a youth council to advise policy issues impacting young people in Minnesota was introduced in the state Legislature in 2011. Youthprise and the Minnesota Alliance With Youth, a partner of the statewide afterschool network, will work with key legislators to implement this work without the authorizing legislation. The bill will be introduced again during the 2012 legislative session.

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.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

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.

Minnesota received approximately $34.3 million through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIGs) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. ARRA-SIG grants are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 federal budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

Additionally, the Search Institute, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, was awarded an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to expand its Building Assets-Reducing RisksĀ® (BARR) program to more than 7,500 students over the next four years.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates:

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight Minnesota's afterschool cause.

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

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Minnesota.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

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.

From St. Paul - Minnesota's Afterschool Story:

The challenges confronting low-income students are felt particularly keenly in the school district's afterschool programs. More than nine in ten afterschool students receive free and reduced price lunch. Needless to say, these children come to afterschool with a wide array of needs.

Read more from St. Paul - Minnesota's Afterschool Story

From Cabrilla Francis's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Read more from Cabrilla Francis's Afterschool Story

Afterschool Champions

Minnesota has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

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)

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in Minnesota:

Chief of Police Michael S. Goldstein, Plymouth, MN

County Attorney James C. Backstrom, Dakota County, MN

Westwood Middle School, District 16, Blaine, 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:
Minneapolis Beacons Network Director
30 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Ambassador Emeritus:
Kids World School Age Child Care
925 Parshell St.
Fairbault, MN 55021

Ambassador Emeritus:
YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
30 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

State Contact

Kari Denissen Cunnien
Executive Director
Ignite Afterschool
615 First Avenue NE
Suite 125 (with The Search Institute)
Minneapolis, MN 55414