Afterschool Policy

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

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Investing In Afterschool Benefits Minnesota.

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. 

Despite these clear benefits, state funding for afterschool learning opportunities has been cut by over 1/3 over the last decade.

Together, we can change that. You can help.

Ignite Afterschool believes the following principles should inform any public policies designed to close the afterschool access gap:

Step up state investment

Invest an additional $25 million/year in afterschool programs by 2020 or sooner.

Ensure funding equity

Equitably distribute the funds statewide to urban, rural, and suburban communities.

Support high-quality programs

Support a statewide system of quality and program improvement supports.