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 Ohio

Facts & Research

  • In Ohio, 23% (431,489) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Ohio children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 53% (846,248) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 95% of parents in Ohio are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 15% (284,519) of Ohio's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 45,173 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 Ohio, refer to the Afterschool in Ohio Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

The Ohio Senate removed the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds that had been previously allocated for afterschool from its 2010-2011 budget, leaving afterschool programs and organizations to look to local initiatives, stimulus dollars and other funding sources to maintain a strong presence in the state. With no state funding for afterschool, Ohio advocates have focused on supporting the quality of existing afterschool options. The Afterschool Initiative is a project of the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association and its eight child care resource and referral member organizations, funded by Child Care and Development Fund quality dollars through the Department of Job and Family Services. Each agency provides assessments using the School-Age Care Environment Rating (SACERS) Tool as well as training and technical assistance to out-of-school time (OST) programs. School-age child care has been part of the state's Quality Rating System since its inception and has helped to improve quality at more than 1,000 OST centers and agencies. In 2010 Ohio published its Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool Professionals and was recently selected to participate in the National Partnership for After School Science 2 (NPASS2) project of the Education Development Center's Center for Science Education. Fifty-five afterschool programs will receive training and supplies to conduct engaging, hands-on informal science learning activities.

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

Ohio 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 Ohio participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Amy Gordon
Amy Gordon
8748 Renfrew Street
Powell, OH 43065
(614) 214-6864

Ambassador Emeritus
Warren Fauver
Community Learning Centers of WCESC
1867 N. Research Drive
Bowling Green, OH 43402
(419) 354-9010

Ambassador Emeritus
Karen Jackson
Delaware CIty Schools School Age Child Care
621 Pennsylvania Ave.
Delaware, OH 43015
(740) 833-1851

Ambassador Emeritus
YMCA Storer Camps
361 Mallard
Perrysburg, OH 43551
(407) 375-1640

Ambassador Emeritus
Megan Henkel
Young Rembrandts, Greater Cleveland - West
PO Box 910
North Olmsted, OH 44070

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Ohio:

In the city of Columbus, we have the Capital Kids program where we have thousands of young people, where we teach them, we love them, we feed them and provide them self confidence. And every one of these young people does better in school and in life as a result of this afterschool effort.

Michael B. Coleman
Mayor, City of Columbus

State Contact

Nichelle Harris
The Ohio Afterschool Network
33 N. Third Street, Suite 420
Columbus, OH 43215