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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Wisconsin

How Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin

In recent years Wisconsin has made progress in ensuring that more kids have quality afterschool opportunties. But Wisconsin children are still not faring as well as children in other states during the after school hours. Fortunately, work has been done to better ensure that programs are of high quality, which is reflected in parent satisfaction. With increased resources and attention from state leaders, Wisconsin's quality afterschool programs can become more widely available, and fewer children will have to fend for themselves after the school day ends.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Wisconsin check out Wisconsin 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 14,032 students in Wisconsin. However, that is only a small fraction of the 264,994 kids in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Wisconsin 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

"After school programs provide an advantage for thousands of Milwaukee students who enroll in them throughout the school year. Our children benefit, but we benefit the most when we make their well-being, safety and education our priorities as a society."

- Herb Kohl, U.S. Senate

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Wisconsin 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

  • Superintendent Tony Evers, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Mayor Tom Barrett, City of Milwaukee
  • Diane Rogers, Capstone National Partners

State Network

Wisconsin Afterschool Network
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Sen. Herb Kohl

Rep. Tammy Baldwin

Consumer Guide: Wisconsin

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, $141,814 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Wisconsin.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 89 programs in Wisconsin 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, 44 people in Wisconsin 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.