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 Rhode Island

Facts & Research

  • In Rhode Island, 17% (27,062) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Rhode Island children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 30% (37,471) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 90% of parents in Rhode Island are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 22% (34,704) of Rhode Island's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 5,632 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 Rhode Island, refer to the Afterschool in Rhode Island Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Over the last several years momentum has been building at the state level to fund afterschool and summer learning programs. In 2010 the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education submitted a report to the Legislature documenting the importance of afterschool and summer programs to the education process, and outlining the costs and process for developing a demonstration program to fund high-quality afterschool and summer programs. This report, coupled with a report by the Joint Legislative Taskforce on Summer Learning, was the basis for legislation introduced in 2011 to create a demonstration program for afterschool and summer learning. The bill was heard by both chambers and, while it ultimately did not pass, has created momentum on the issue that could lead to passage in 2012.

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

Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)

House Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)

Senate Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)

Senate Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)


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

Ambassador for 2016-17
Ayana Crichton
Cranston Public Schools
135 Gansett Ave
Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 270-8017

Ambassador Emeritus
Kelly Whaley
RI Association for the Education of Young Children
500 Centerville Road Suite 301
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 739-6100 x311

Ambassador Emeritus
United Way of Rhode Island
50 Valley Street
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 444-0659

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Rhode Island:

For mayors, public policy is personal. We know the people who are being lifted up or let down by the actions of government. We know their names. We know their families. So when we see an opportunity to do something better, we understand the costs of delay and we act. If we do not pay for these programs today, we can expect to pay tomorrow in social, juvenile justice and economic losses... Afterschool is an opportunity to teach things like character, compassion, civic virtue, good citizenship, the love of music, good athletic skills, the art of mediation and so much more.

David N. Cicilline
U.S. House of Representatives (1st)

State Contact

Elena Rosenberg
Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance
50 Valley Street
Providence, RI 2909