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 Washington

Facts & Research

  • In Washington, 20% (217,293) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Washington children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 36% (333,927) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in Washington are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 17% (183,099) of Washington's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 16,745 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 Washington, refer to the Afterschool in Washington Fact Sheet.

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


State Policy and Funding

Over the past couple of years, while state funding for afterschool was eliminated, partners and stakeholders across Washington state have been working to build a professional development system for the afterschool and youth development field. During the 2011 legislative session Senate Bill 5715 was introduced to formally adopt core competencies for afterschool staff and early learning professionals. Advocates will work to get this bill reintroduced during the next legislative session. Additionally, efforts to promote quality programming and private/public support for expanding the use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment Tool have gained traction across the state.

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

Washington 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 Washington participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA)

House Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)

House Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

Senate Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Senate Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)


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

Ambassador Emeritus
College Success Foundation, Rogers High School
1622 E. Wellesley Avenue
Spokane, WA 99207
(509) 847-3423

Ambassador Emeritus
Kids Co
2208 NW Market Street Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 781-8062 x34

Ambassador Emeritus
Beth Wyant
Northwest Community Action Center
701 Rentschler Lane
Toppenish, WA 98948
(509) 865-7630 x2747

Ambassador Emeritus
Brent Cummings
Walla Walla 3R 21st CCLC
364 S. Park Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 526-1929

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Washington:

Through afterschool education programs for Spokane's students, we can also improve graduation rates and make new, promising opportunities available to at-risk students.

Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senate

Given the strain of a parent's deployment, we know that military children often face unique and difficult situations that affect their success in school. [The Impact Aid Amendment, passed as part of the Senate Defense Authorization bill] will help schools provide counseling, tutoring, afterschool programs and dropout prevention activities for students whose parents are the men and women serving our country. US Fed News, October 2007

Patty Murray
U.S. Senate

State Contact

David Beard
Washington Afterschool Network
801 23rd Ave S, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144