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 New Jersey

Facts & Research

  • In New Jersey, 19% (267,945) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all New Jersey children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 36% (422,067) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in New Jersey are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 16% (231,279) of New Jersey's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 22,246 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 New Jersey, refer to the Afterschool in New Jersey Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

In 1988, the Division of Prevention and Community Partnerships in the New Jersey Department of Children and Families developed the Family Friendly Centers program, which provides $2.5 million in grants to afterschool programs providing enrichment activities to participants. New Jersey After 3 (NJA3) was founded in 2004 to increase afterschool support systems for families, and has since received nearly $75 million in state funding. However, NJA3's funding was eliminated in the FY2012 budget. Despite the setback, the state afterschool network, New Jersey School Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), has convened a quality standards development committee to develop New Jersey's first statewide standards for afterschool.

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

New Jersey 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 New Jersey participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Senate Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)


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

Ambassador for 2016-17
Sarah Cruz
Newark Public Schools
230 broadway
Newark, NJ 07052
(973) 412-1910

Ambassador Emeritus
Denise Sellers
Haddonfield Child Care
PO Box 107
Haddonfield, NJ 08033-0191

Ambassador Emeritus
Keith Pressey
Orange Extended School Day Program
29 North Day Street
Orange, NJ 07050-3608

Ambassador Emeritus
Elnardo Webster
Roselle Borough Public Schools
710 Locust Street
Roselle, NJ 07203
(908) 298-2040

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in New Jersey:

To prevent juvenile crime, we need to keep New Jersey's children safe, healthy, and off the streets. We're working together at the local, state, and federal levels to give our children real opportunities and alternatives to turning to gangs and crime. [We] will keep fighting to fund after school, anti-drug, and anti-violence programs.

Frank R. Lautenberg
U.S. Senate

State Contact

Lee McDermott-Schaefer
New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition
231 North Avenue West
Westfield, NJ 07090