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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Connecticut

How Connecticut 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

Methodological Note:

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.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in Connecticut

Eighteen percent of Connecticut's K-12 youth participate in afterschool programs, which is higher than the national average of 15 percent. Additionally, Connecticut is excelling in providing more afterschool opportunities for children from low-income families. However, there is still room to improve Connecticut's afterschool offerings. Twenty-eight percent of youth in Connecticut go home alone each day after school and 33 percent of children not currently participating in afterschool are interested in joining a program. Connecticut children could benefit from increased resources devoted to improving the accessibility and quality of afterschool in this already successful state.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Connecticut check out Connecticut 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 8,675 students in Connecticut. However, that is only a small fraction of the 148,142 kids in Connecticut 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 Connecticut check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Connecticut 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

"It is education that makes opportunity real for kids, and nowhere is this more true than with afterschool programs."

- Rosa DeLauro, U.S. House of Representatives (3rd)

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Connecticut 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

Afterschool Champions

  • David Davison, President & CEO, American Savings Foundation
  • Tom Buckley, AT&T

State Network

Connecticut After School Network
12 Melrose Avenue
Branford, CT 06405

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. Joe Courtney

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Rep. John Larson

Sen. Joe Lieberman

Consumer Guide: Connecticut

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.

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, $42,128 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Connecticut.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 79 programs in Connecticut 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, 150 people in Connecticut 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.