Afterschool Policy

We believe in policy solutions that advance equitable access to quality afterschool programs.

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There’s no doubt that afterschool experiences make a critical difference in young people’s lives. They provide hands-on learning experiences that narrow the opportunity and achievement gap, build critical 21st century skills, and support working families by ensuring their children are safe and engaged outside of school. That's why Ignite Afterschool supports policies that advance more equitable access to afterschool programs. 


Policies we actively support:

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) is the only dedicated funding stream for afterschool and summer programs at the federal level. It provides grants to all 50 states' education agencies, who then award the funds to high-quality afterschool programs through a competitive grant process. The grants are targeted to programs serving a majority of low-income youth, providing these youth with a broad array of academic supports and enrichment activities to help prepare them for success in school, work, and life.


Afterschool Community Learning Grants (ACLG) is a legislative proposal to establish a competitive grant program in Minnesota for afterschool and summer programs serving low-income youth with enrichment activities similar to 21st CCLC. It has received consistent bi-partisan support in every legislative session since it was first introduced in the 2015 legislative session, but has yet to be passed into law.

Afterschool-related policies we track:

The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) distributes federal funds to states to support school-age childcare programs which are essential supports for working families.


Minnesota School-Age Care Policy Issues

To learn about the latest on policies affecting access to and the quality of school-age childcare in Minnesota, visit the Public Policy page of our network partner organization MnAEYC-MnSACA.

Afterschool Policy Publications

Learn more about the policies we support and our analysis of afterschool policy issues:

Afterschool Policy Whitepaper

This paper reports the findings of an Afterschool Policy Taskforce that was convened by Ignite Afterschool to critically examine and evaluate competing policy design proposals for afterschool policy in Minnesota.

Afterschool Policy Platform

This document lays our priorities for afterschool policy reform and investment in Minnesota.

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A summary of key takeaways from the 2017 Youth Policy Forum event, which reflected on the youth policy lessons from the 2017 legislative session.

2017 legislative session youth policy recap

Details of the essential youth policies proposed in the 2017 legislative session, and the fate of each proposal.

2019 Legislative Session Youth Policy Recap

Details of the essential youth policies proposed in the 2019 legislative session, and the fate of each proposal.