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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Colorado
How Colorado is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School
Much More Work to Be Done
More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress
Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done
Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress
Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow
The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.
Afterschool in Colorado
Colorado is showing some signs of progress when it comes to afterschool availability. However, many Colorado children (31 percent) go home each day with no care after school, and only 13 percent are benefiting from enriching afterschool programs. With increased funding and greater leadership on this issue, Colorado could succeed in providing even more afterschool opportunities to the 40 percent of children who are not currently participating in afterschool but are interested in doing so if a program were available.
Growth in Afterschool Participation
For more on afterschool availability in Colorado check out Colorado After 3PM.
Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs
Percentage of Kids in Self Care
Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program
Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available
Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs
Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 11,809 students in Colorado. However, that is only a small fraction of the 246,099 kids in Colorado who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.
Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding
For an explanation of specific policy activities in Colorado check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Colorado webpage.
- State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
- Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
- State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
- Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
- An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming
"The need for more after-school opportunities has been made clear to me in my visits to every high school in my district. Students have told me that if there were more after-school activities, they would participate in them."
- Mark Udall, U.S. Senate
Advancements in Afterschool Leadership
To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Colorado check out Afterschool for All.
- Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
- Statewide Afterschool Network
- Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus
- Shirley Farnsworth, Director of Extended Learning and Community Schools at Denver Public Schools
- Maxine Quintana, Mayor's Office for Education and Children, Denver
Consumer Guide: Colorado
For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.
The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.
- The How to Find an Afterschool Program Guide offers tips to find the best afterschool options for your child.
The Afterschool Alliance has resources that describe what to look for in a quality afterschool program with a list of quality characteristics for programs serving each age group.
For the ambitious parent or community member, the Afterschool Alliance offers a guide on How to Start an Afterschool Program including links to various best practices, funding resources and child care guidelines.
- Colorado has a host of resources to support families, program staff and employers in their pursuit of quality afterschool programs that are both available and affordable:
What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:
Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $104,877 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Colorado.
Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 29 programs in Colorado participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.
Sign On: Currently, 36 people in Colorado have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.
Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.