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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Ohio

How Ohio 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 Ohio

Ohio is succeeding in terms of overall satisfaction with afterschool programs and is a national leader in satisfaction with the quality of afterschool care. These successes, coupled with a 5 percent increase in afterschool program participation from 2004 to 2009, have proven that Ohio is taking great strides toward increased program availability. However, as is the case in most other states, Ohio self-care rates are increasing. With state TANF funding for afterschool recently eliminated, Ohio youth could greatly benefit from increased state policy maker attention to the availability of quality afterschool offerings.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Ohio check out Ohio 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 40,591 students in Ohio. However, that is only a small fraction of the 733,613 kids in Ohio 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 Ohio check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Ohio 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 the city of Columbus, we have the Capital Kids program where we have thousands of young people, where we teach them, we love them, we feed them and provide them self confidence. And every one of these young people does better in school and in life as a result of this afterschool effort."

- Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City of Columbus

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Ohio 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 Representative Tracy Maxwell Heard
  • State Representative Vernon Sykes
  • Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City of Columbus

State Network

Ohio Afterschool Network
6660 Doubletree Avenue, Suite 11
Columbus, OH 43229

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. Tim Ryan

Rep. Betty Sutton

Consumer Guide: Ohio

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, $292,137 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Ohio.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 144 programs in Ohio 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, 148 people in Ohio 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.