Afterschool programs in Illinois keep kids safe, inspire learning, and give working parents peace of mind. Kids discover who they are and what they love to do, make smart choices, and avoid risky behaviors.

Unmet demand for afterschool and summer programs in Illinois is high


In 2019, 529,206 children (26%) would have been enrolled in a summer program if one were available to them.

Afterschool programs are supporting kids and families in Illinois

Kids in afterschool enjoy a wide range of benefits, and parents and families benefit too:


Keeping kids safe and out of trouble


Giving working parents peace of mind


Engaging kids in STEM learning


Helping kids build
life skills


Providing kids physical activity

Illinois parents strongly support afterschool


of parents support public funding for afterschool

21st Century Community Learning Centers are the only federal funded before-school, afterschool, and summer learning programs.


FY 2021


of kids enrolled in Illinois afterschool attend a 21st CCLC program


in federal funds supports 21st CCLC programs statewide


FY 2022


kids served in Illinois


to Illinois

Learn more about 21st Century Community Learning Centers

* This figure is an Afterschool Alliance calculation based on the state-allocated 21st CCLC funding and a program cost of $1,000 per child. The program cost per child is an Afterschool Alliance estimation based on the Department of Education's per-student expenditures for: (1) all students attending 21st CCLC programs and (2) students who regularly attend 21st CCLC programs.

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Illinois Contacts


The statewide afterschool network is working to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Susan Stanton
Afterschool for Children and Teens Now (ACT Now) Coalition (IL)
101 North Wacker
17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

AMBASSADORS work to ensure that all kids have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Ambassador for 2019-20
Teresa Dothard-Campbell
Lights ON for Learning/ Glenview Middle School
3100 7th Street
East Moline, IL 61244
309-755-1919 x232

Ambassador for 2019-20
Kenny Riley
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
2929 W 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60623
773-521-1600 x123

Ambassador Emeritus
Tammera Holmes
AeroStar Avion Institute
18270 Anthony Avenue
County Club Hills, IL 60478
(708) 646-4300

Ambassador Emeritus
Rise' Jones
Hamilton Wings
14 Crescent St
Elgin, IL 60123-6268
(847) 697-0876 x3

Ambassador Emeritus
Nate Clark
John Deere Foundation
One John Deere Place
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 748-7960

Ambassador Emeritus
Roslind Blasingame-Buford
LINK Unlimited Scholars
2221 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-5465

Ambassador Emeritus
Priscilla Steinmetz
The Bridge Teen Center
15555 S. 71st Court
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 532-0500

Ambassador Emeritus
Jorge Perez
YMCA of the USA
101 N Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 872-9622

Since 2005, members of the Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives have been building support and resources for quality afterschool programs.

Caucus members in your state:

Rep Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)

Rep Bobby Rush (D-IL)

Rep Dan Lipinski (D-Il)

Rep Danny Davis (D-IL)

Sen Richard Durbin (D-IL)

For the past 7 years, the Afterschool Alliance has been a proud sponsor organization for national AmeriCorps VISTA projects, supporting State Afterschool Networks and STEM Ecosystems to increase the access to and quality of enrichment opportunities for youth.

Currently there are no Afterschool VISTA locations in your state.


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