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 North Carolina

Facts & Research

  • In North Carolina, 19% (295,984) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all North Carolina children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 39% (523,140) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in North Carolina are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 15% (234,908) of North Carolina's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 31,709 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 North Carolina, refer to the Afterschool in North Carolina Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (CAP) provides standards of excellence for all programs to further increase their quality, and serves as a model for other states that are developing their own standards. The Afterschool Funders Group, comprised of state agencies that fund afterschool programs, built a set of common criteria which were built into requests for proposals (RFPs) and program evaluations. All programs must achieve these criteria before receiving funding from any state agency. Finally, CAP's Afterschool Professional Development Group released tiered core competencies for staff that provide a framework of the knowledge and skills needed for professional development in the field of afterschool care.

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

North Carolina 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 North Carolina participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. David Price (D-NC)


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

Ambassador for 2016-17
Bill McClain
Guiding Institute for Developmental Education
1001 South Marshall Street, Suite 16, Box 43
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 602-0565

Ambassador for 2016-17
Betsey McFarland
Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab
714 St. Mary's St.
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 856-9233 x101

Ambassador Emeritus
1431 Biltmore Drive
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 577-5133

Ambassador Emeritus
Bricca Sweet
Ed-LBEX, Inc.
P.O. Box 199
Sugar Grove, NC 28679

Ambassador Emeritus
Frank Camp
R.D. Euzelle Smith Middle School
9201 Seawell School Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-8707
(919) 918-2145 x21905

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in North Carolina:

It is not enough to send our kids to school and hope they learn what they need to do to go on to college and a career. It's not enough simply to wish our children would stay out of trouble when we can't be with them. Afterschool participants receive better grades, miss fewer days of school, and have higher high school graduation rates. Unsupervised teens are 37% more likely to become pregnant and unsupervised children are at a greater risk for truancy, poor grades, depression and lower achievement.

Kay Hagan
U.S. Senate

State Contact

Del Ruff
North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs
3739 National Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612