Afterschool Access

See regional data on the afterschool opportunity gap and download tools to share this information with key stakeholders in your community.

Afterschool Access

The Afterschool Opportunity Gap Exists Across Minnesota

Research shows that regular engagement in high-quality afterschool programs - at least three times a week - is associated with a wide array of improved developmental and academic outcomes for youth.

Yet there are income and race-based disparities in access to afterschool learning opportunities.

Learn more about how access to afterschool varies across Minnesota's regions by viewing the Afterschool Access Snapshots below. 

Afterschool Access Briefs: Northern and Central MN
Central Minnesota

Counties: Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright

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Counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis

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Counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau

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Counties: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin

Afterschool Access Briefs: Statewide, Southern MN, and Twin Cities Metro
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Statewide data on afterschool opportunity gaps.

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Counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington

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Counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona

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Counties: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, Yellow Medicine

Discuss this afterschool access data with your community!

We encourage you to make use of these resources to engage stakeholders and leaders in your community or region about how you can take action to address these gaps. 


We're grateful to Dr. Michael Rodriguez and his team at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development for working with us to make these briefs happen. You can view their full statewide report on the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey, which includes a discussion of how they created the developmental skills and supports indicators featured in these briefs, at the Minnesota Youth Development Research Group page.

Download source data for briefs