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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Kansas

How Kansas 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 in Kansas

Kansas parents are very supportive of their state's afterschool programs, but program participation is still a major concern in the state. Only 13 percent of youth in Kansas are in an afterschool program, while 35 percent go home to an empty house after the school day ends. Children in Kansas can greatly benefit from increased policy maker attention to both availability of afterschool programming and the quality of existing afterschool opportunities in order to help Kansas move toward afterschool opportunities for all who need them.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Kansas check out Kansas 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 7,877 students in Kansas. However, that is only a small fraction of the 177,386 kids in Kansas 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 Kansas check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Kansas 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

"My passion for afterschool comes from many years of experience working with our Kansas youth and recognizing the potential that afterschool hours bring for youth development and advancement."

- Laura Kelly, Senator, State of Kansas

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Kansas 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

  • Wendell E. Maddox, President & CEO, United Way of Wyandotte County
  • State Senator Laura Kelly
  • Nancy Volpe, Consultant of Youth Programs at CVS Caremark Corporation

State Network

Kansas Enrichment Network
1122 West Campus Road - University of Kansas School of Education, JRP 320
Lawrence, KS 66045

Consumer Guide: Kansas

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, $105,364 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Kansas.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 58 programs in Kansas 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, 25 people in Kansas 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.