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 Missouri

Facts & Research

  • In Missouri, 25% (248,530) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Missouri children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 31% (263,077) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 91% of parents in Missouri are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 14% (137,964) of Missouri's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 17,649 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 Missouri, refer to the Afterschool in Missouri Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Missouri has developed afterschool program standards, which the state requires all 21st CCLC and CCDF grantees to use in completing their annual self-assessments. Local funders often require grantees to complete outside programs evaluations in addition to using these standards as well as the Missouri Core Competencies self-assessment. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also supports the Missouri AfterSchool Resource Center, which offers quality training and technical assistance for programs across the state.

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

Missouri 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 Missouri participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Your state has no elected officials in the Afterschool Caucus. Ask your Senators and Representative to show their support for afterschool programs by joining the Afterschool Caucuses.


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Marcy Buren
Ascension Catholic School Y-Club
101 S. Hanley
St. Loius, MO 63105
(314) 733-8017

Ambassador Emeritus
Colleen Abbott
Learning Enriched Afterschool Program, Eldon R-1 Schools
112 S. Pine St
Eldon, MO 65026
(573) 392-8060 x1535

Ambassador Emeritus
Sherry Comer
Project PASS
PO Box 1409 Camdenton R-III School
Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-9233

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Missouri:

The time between kids getting home from school and parents getting home from work is the worst time for them to get into trouble and get pregnant. This program has had an enormous positive effect not only on residents but also on the community... More programs of this nature are needed, not just in the projects, but throughout the city. St. Clair County Circuit Judge Milton Wharton, on the Griffin Center afterschool program, June 25, 2006

Milton Wharton
St. Clair County Circuit Judge

Parents want quality after school programs where they know that their children are safe, enriched and active. Unfortunately, only 1 out of 10 children have access to such programs.

Francis G. Slay
Mayor, City of St. Louis

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

Terri Foulkes
Missouri AfterSchool Network
1110 S. College Ave., Room 130
Columbia, MO 65211