Afterschool in Wisconsin

Facts & Research

  • In Wisconsin, 22% (205,209) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Wisconsin children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 33% (265,984) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 79% of parents in Wisconsin are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 13% (121,469) of Wisconsin's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 17,054 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 Wisconsin, refer to the Afterschool in Wisconsin Fact Sheet.

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

State Policy and Funding

The Wisconsin State Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance approved YoungStar, the state's quality rating and improvement system, to give its nearly 8,500 child care providers-including afterschool providers-the tools they need to improve the quality of child care and helps parents identify and select quality care for their children. YoungStar creates incentives for child care programs to improve services for the 53,000 low income children who participate in the "Wisconsin Shares" Child Care Subsidy Program. A working group was formed to plan the second phase of YoungStar to include school-aged children. The working group and included participants from: the Public Instruction Department, Marshfield Clinic, YMCA and YWCA, The Registry, the city of Madison, Kenosha Unified School District, Green Bay Area Public School District, Milwaukee Public Schools, Greater Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club, the Supporting Families Together Association, and the Wisconsin Early Learning Coalition.

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.

Wisconsin received $51 million through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. SIG funds are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

Additionally, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee was also recognized with an Invest in Innovation (i3) development grant totalling $4.1 million for the Milwaukee Community Literacy Project.

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 statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates:

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight Wisconsin's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in Wisconsin:

Students who are engaged in their own learning hold more promise for success in and outside of the school day...With the support of high quality learning before, during and after school, youth can realize their potential with the skills to be successful 21st Century citizens.

Tony Evers
Department of Public Instruction State Superintendent

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Wisconsin.

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 Milwaukee - Wisconsin's Afterschool Story:

By fall of 2008, the program had expanded to 55 sites, five times as many as the original grant served.

"No longer are afterschool programs just thought of as glorified babysitting; they now are viewed as tools to help students and their families explore educational and recreational opportunities."

Read more from Milwaukee - Wisconsin's Afterschool Story

From Hue Kong's Afterschool Story:

I feel fortunate to have been able to participate as a young boy, new to the United States and new to Green Bay, in activities where you could have fun, learn in a safe environment, and explore opportunities. 

I know the experiences I had there have been essential in my job now as a Police Officer in Milwaukee.

Read more from Hue Kong's Afterschool Story

From Dolly Ledin's Afterschool Story:

We have made a long-term commitment to our partners, and we create a coalition of stakeholders to come up with collaborative solutions.

Read more from Dolly Ledin's Afterschool Story

Afterschool Champions

Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Your state has no elected officials in the Afterschool Caucus. Ask your Senators and Representative to show their support for afterschool programs by joining the Afterschool Caucuses.

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 Wisconsin:

Former Chief of Police David W. Erickson, Oshkosh, WI

Strive Media Institute, Milwaukee, WI

WI Department of Public Instruction, madison, WI

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

Ambassador Emeritus:
PO Box 461
Milwaukee, WI 414-333-6114

Ambassador Emeritus:
Northwest Connection Family Resources
P.O. Box 456
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Ambassador Emeritus:
Wequiock Elementary School
3994 Wequiock Road
Green Bay, WI 54311

Ambassador Emeritus:
YMCA of the Northwoods
2003 East Winnebago Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Ambassador Emeritus:
Racine Unified School District
3109 Mt. Pleasant
Racine , WI 53404

State Contact

Randy Neve
Network Lead
Wisconsin Afterschool Network