Afterschool programs in Illinois keep kids safe, boost student success, and help parents keep their jobs. Kids achieve more, productivity goes up, and risky behaviors go down.

Illinois parents strongly support afterschool:


support public funding for afterschool


say afterschool helps them keep their jobs


say afterschool excites kids about learning


say afterschool reduces the likelihood that kids will engage in risky behavior

The need for programs far exceeds the funding available.

Among Illinois's K-12 students:


are enrolled in afterschool


are waiting for an available program


are alone and unsupervised after school

Learn more about afterschool in Illinois

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


FY 2019


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


in federal funds supports 21st CCLC programs statewide


FY 2020


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.

Looking for an afterschool program? Your state network has a listing of programs. Click here to view the list

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
Illinois-ACT NOW: Afterschool for Children and Teens
One North Dearborn, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602

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

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)

STEM Ecosystem VISTA

STEM Ecosystem VISTAs increase the accessibility and quality of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities around the country through facilitating collaboration between schools, afterschool programs, and other STEM stakeholders.

  • Chetta Potts - Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative (Chicago, IL)


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