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 Tennessee

Facts & Research

  • In Tennessee, 17% (170,645) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Tennessee children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 31% (263,754) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 92% of parents in Tennessee are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 18% (179,897) of Tennessee's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 21,786 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 Tennessee, refer to the Afterschool in Tennessee Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

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.

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

Tennessee 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 Tennessee participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Jim Cooper (D-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:

Ambassador Emeritus
Kelly Drummond
Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee
1100 Marion Street #100
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 607-9337

Ambassador Emeritus
City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs
100 E. 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 653-6701

Ambassador Emeritus
Shelby County Schools
2601 Ketchum Street Room G200
Memphis, TN 38114
(901) 416-4709

Quick Quotes

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.

Karl Dean
Mayor, City of Nashville

Afterschool Storybook

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.

State Contact

Mary Graham
Tennessee Afterschool Network
209 Gothic Court, Suite 107
Franklin, TN 37067