Since 1985, Tennessee's Extended Learning Programs, administered by the state Education Department, have provided learning and enrichment activities for children, youth and their families. Tennessee receives additional afterschool funding through the Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) initiative in which unclaimed lottery prizes go toward specific educational programs, including college scholarships, early childhood programs and afterschool programs.
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.
See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.
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Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.
Tennessee garnered $500 million through the federal Race to the Top (RTT) Phase 1 national competition. The state's winning RTT application highlighted the creation of a state-wide afterschool platform to help children as well as increased funding for extended learning opportunities such as a longer school day.
Additionally, a Tennesse-based nonprofit, the Niwonger Foundation, was also awarded an Invest in Innovation (i3) grant totalling $17.75 million.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.
Your state does not currently have an afterschool network, but see "State Contact" below for a helpful resource that can help guide afterschool efforts in Tennessee.
What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight Tennessee's afterschool cause.
What leaders are saying in Tennessee:
A student only spends about 20 percent of their time in the classroom. We need to make sure there are consistent afterschool programs available, specifically for our middle school students in our most high-need schools.
Mayor, City of Nashville
November 7, 2012
Afterschool students in Marysville got hands-on experiences with science on October 22, through demonstrations of acid and base reactions, properties of gasses and liquids, and how to make a facsimile of Silly Putty. For the past few years, professors from Maryville College have partnered with Montgomery Ridge Intermediate School to share demonstrations with students in the school’s Science Club. Fifth-grade teacher Kyra Kauffman told the Knoxville News-Sentinel that the students leave “thinking that science is cool, thinking that science has a place even in their future and just being excited about going to science in the next day.”
America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.
Tennessee has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.
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 Tennessee participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:
House Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)
Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in Tennessee:
American Youth Soccer Organization, Wartburg, TN
Boy Scouts of America, Knoxville, TN
Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, TN
Former Mayor Bill Purcell, Nashville, TN (1999-2007)
Mayor Sharon Goldsworth, Germantown, TN
Young Filmmakers Foundation, Memphis, TN
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 Tennessee. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:
Urban League Chattanooga
Martin Luther King Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Education Center
409 East Main Street
Morristown, TN 37814
Cannon County R.E.A.C.H. Programs
612 Lehman Street
Woodbury, TN 37190
Memphis City Schools
Extended Learning Opportunities and Programs
205 N. Claybrook
Memphis, TN 38104
Director of Extended Learning Programs and Character Education
6th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower, 710 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243-0375