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.

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.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

News & Voices

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.

Karl Dean
Mayor, City of Nashville

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Tennessee.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

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.

From Jeri Hasselbring's Afterschool Story:

Art2STEM is an opportunity for at-risk girls to meet women working in STEM professions that, for the most part, have never occurred to them. It broadens not only the vision of themselves, but also builds the I can really do this attitude.

Read more from Jeri Hasselbring's Afterschool Story

Afterschool Champions

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:

Ambassador Emeritus:
City of Chattanooga
Office of Multicultural Affairs
100 E. 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Ambassador Emeritus:
Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Education Center
409 East Main Street
Morristown, TN 37814

Ambassador Emeritus:
Shelby County Schools
Extended Learning Opportunities and Programs Office
2601 Ketchum Street
Room G200
Memphis, TN 38114

State Contact

Laura Nichols
Director of Extended Learning Programs and Character Education
6th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower, 710 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243-0375