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 South Carolina

Facts & Research

  • In South Carolina, 18% (133,788) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all South Carolina children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 51% (330,964) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 91% of parents in South Carolina are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 13% (98,111) of South Carolina's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 16,916 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 South Carolina, refer to the Afterschool in South Carolina Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

The South Carolina After School Alliance links afterschool providers-large and small-to resources, technical assistance and training opportunities. The network was recently awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) through the USDA Rural Development's Business and Cooperative Programs. The project, Building the After School Workforce in Rural Areas, will create a pilot program to provide professional development and training to afterschool program staff serving students in 16 counties with unemployment rates of 14 percent or higher. The project will provide five regional trainings coupled with intensive technical assistance to approximately 162 front-line staff serving 8,100 students in the counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Dillon, Lancaster, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Orangeburg, Union, Williamsburg and York.

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

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

House Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Greg Tolbert
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate
P.O. Box 2794
Spartanburg, SC 29304
(864) 583-4867 ext. 102

Ambassador Emeritus
Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America
715 Betsy Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 750-9868

Ambassador Emeritus
Traci Young Cooper
Richland School District #1
1225 Oak Street Suite 101
Blythewood, SC 29016

Ambassador Emeritus
Cynthia Bennett
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
1201 Main Street, Suite 1700
Columbia, SC 29223

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in South Carolina:

&afterschool programs give students the opportunity to develop new skills and talents, participate in physical activities, expore art and music, and get help with difficult subjects...

Nikki Haley

State Contact

Zelda Waymer
South Carolina Afterschool Alliance
1611 Devonshire Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
803-254-5454 x13