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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Illinois

How Illinois 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 Illinois

While Chicago is certainly one of the nation's leading cities for afterschool, the state of Illinois still has some work to do to match Chicago's work statewide. Parents in Illinois are extremely happy with the quality of afterschool programs throughout the state, but they are less encouraged by the state's above average self-care percentage (28 percent). While Illinois' afterschool participation rate (16 percent) is slightly higher than the national average (15 percent), by devoting even more resources to afterschool, the state could see a surge in the number of children gaining access to the state's high-quality offerings.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Illinois check out Illinois 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 46,107 students in Illinois. However, that is only a small fraction of the 758,491 kids in Illinois 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 Illinois check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Illinois 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

"Access to after-school programming is a win-win for our children: it is shown to both increase academic progress and reduce violence."

- Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Illinois 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

  • State Senator Toi Hutchinson
  • State Representative Jehan Gordon
  • State Representative William Davis

State Network

ACT NOW! Afterschool for Children and Teens
30 W. Monroe, 18th Flr
Chicago, IL 60603

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. Bobby Rush

Rep. Janice Schakowsky

Sen. Richard Durbin

Consumer Guide: Illinois

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, $267,589 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Illinois.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 150 programs in Illinois 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, 293 people in Illinois 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.