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 Pennsylvania

Facts & Research

  • In Pennsylvania, 18% (346,458) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Pennsylvania children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 50% (811,954) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 93% of parents in Pennsylvania are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 17% (321,296) of Pennsylvania's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 42,806 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 Pennsylvania, refer to the Afterschool in Pennsylvania Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Afterschool Champion state Rep. Jake Wheatley sponsored House Resolution (H.R.) 824 in 2008, which called on the joint Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to prepare a report on the availability and affordability of afterschool programs in the commonwealth. The 2009 LBFC Report on Afterschool Programs in Pennsylvania recommended the creation of a Statewide Afterschool Coordinating Council to study and propose policy recommendations to improve access to affordable, high-quality afterschool programs. The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) is reaching out to Gov. Tom Corbett to create the council through executive order.

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

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Senate Sen. Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Alana Kulesa
Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue
Piittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 237-1679

Ambassador Emeritus
Wendy Etheridge Smith
Higher Achievement Pittsburgh
211 N. Whitfield Street, Suite 475
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 605-8448

Ambassador Emeritus
Heather Moyer
Olivet Boys & Girls Club
1161 Pershing Blvd.
Reading, PA 19611
(610) 373-1314

Ambassador Emeritus
St. John's Childhood Center
P.O. Box 439
Millheim, PA 16854
(814) 349-5611

Ambassador Emeritus
Lola Rooney
YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity
2000 Market St. Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 963-3700 ext. 3791

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Pennsylvania:

I established [additional funding] for extended daily hours and summer programs so that working parents can have high quality options for their children in the afterschool hours and summer. Children should not suffer low quality care because their parents have to work.

Bob Casey
U.S. Senate

Afterschool Storybook

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State Contact

Laura Saccente
Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network
275 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200
Camp Hill, PA 17011
717-763-1661 x210