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 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.

*—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 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.

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

Wisconsin 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 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.


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 for 2016-17
Eric Vanden Heuvel
Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay, WI
311 S Oneida St
Green Bay, WI 54303
(920) 494-7090 , x1052

Ambassador Emeritus
Larry Reed
PO Box 461
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0461

Ambassador Emeritus
Northwest Connection Family Resources
P.O. Box 456
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 369-9255

Ambassador Emeritus
Racine Unified School District
3109 Mt. Pleasant
Racine, WI 53404
(262) 644-6990

Quick Quotes

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

State Contact

Randy Neve
Wisconsin Afterschool Network
Marshfield, WI NULL