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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Kentucky

How Kentucky 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 Kentucky

While Kentucky has made progress in getting more kids into afterschool, it still falls short of the national average and a higher percentage of Kentucky youth (28 percent) are responsible for taking care of themselves after school, compared to 26 percent nationally. Fortunately, 9 in 10 parents in Kentucky are satisfied with their child's afterschool program, leaving hope that with increased interest in programs and more devotion to program quality and availability, Kentucky can take strides toward greater access to afterschool.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Kentucky check out Kentucky 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 17,460 students in Kentucky. However, that is only a small fraction of the 278,639 kids in Kentucky 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 Kentucky check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Kentucky 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

"In today's day and age, it is far too easy for our children to fall into the trap of substance abuse or delinquency, and I am a firm believer that after-school programs help keep our youth on track."

- Harold Rogers, U.S. House of Representatives (5th)

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Kentucky 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

  • Dr. Ella Bruner, President, Kentucky Coalition for School Age Child Care
  • Linda Robinson, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Robin Herring, Operations Branch Manager Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care
  • Shannon Noonan, Executive Director YMCA of Greater Louisville Child Care Services

State Network

Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance
915 Leawood Drive, Suite B
Frankfort, KY 40601

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. Ben Chandler

Rep. Edward Whitfield

Consumer Guide: Kentucky

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, $114,412 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Kentucky.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 62 programs in Kentucky 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, 160 people in Kentucky 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.