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 Mississippi

Facts & Research

  • In Mississippi, 17% (88,960) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Mississippi children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 50% (217,663) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 94% of parents in Mississippi are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 16% (82,754) of Mississippi's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 13,259 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 Mississippi, refer to the Afterschool in Mississippi Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Through a competitive statewide request for proposal (RFP) process, the Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Early Childhood Care and Development awarded the Allies for Quality Care Program to the Center for Education Innovation. The program serves eligible, randomly-selected child care centers in Hinds and Rankin counties and will be implemented for one full year upon program start up. This program will provide direct assistance to participating centers in an effort to improve the learning environment in each classroom, improve the nutritional quality of food provided to children and develop an operating budget for the program. Additionally, in cooperation with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Early Childhood Care and Development Division has developed a Quality Rating Scale for use in afterschool programs statewide. Applicable programs include licensed child care facilities, licensed exempt afterschool programs as well as afterschool programs in the public school systems.

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 state does not currently have an afterschool network, but see "State Contact" below for a helpful resource that can help guide afterschool efforts in Mississippi.

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

Mississippi 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 Mississippi participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

Senate Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Heather Lacoste
Heather Lacoste
327 Longwood Drive
Meridian, MS 39305

Ambassador Emeritus
108 Asbury Park Road
Pearl, MS 39208

Ambassador Emeritus
Jannette Adams
Mississippi Valley State University
P.O. Box 1308
Columbus, MS 39705
(662) 254-3747

Ambassador Emeritus
Amber May
Operation Shoestring
1711 Bailey Avenue
Jackson, MS 39203
(601) 353-6336

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Mississippi:

Today, public support for afterschool programs in Mississippi is overwhelming despite a drop in availability. Fifty-seven percent of parents surveyed said their kids would participate if a program were available. Thats a positive sign, but it also shows that we have a lot of work to do.

Mary Peavey
President of Meridian-based Peavey Electronics Corporation

Afterschool Storybook

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State Contact

Amber May
1711 Bailey Avenue
Jackson , MS 39283-1223