Afterschool Policy

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

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Our Policy Approach:

As Minnesota's Afterschool Network, Ignite Afterschool is committed to ensuring all young people can participate in high-quality afterschool and summer programs, regardless of income or race. This commitment stems from our belief that relationships with caring adults and hands-on learning are the key to unlocking young people’s potential. According to analysis using Ignite's Policy Criteria, we believe these policy priorities offer solutions to help close the Afterschool opportunity gap.



Rep. Fue Lee

2020 Policy Priorities:

MN State Funding for Afterschool: Establish a competitive grant program for Afterschool and Summer programs serving low-income youth

  • Afterschool Community Learning Grants 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.


Dedicated funding stream for Afterschool and Summer programs at the federal level.


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    Policy efforts supporting Afterschool:

    Modifying the K-12 Education expense tax credit.

    • The tax credit process can be more streamlined and easier for families to use. Modifying the K-12 Education expense tax credit can increase accessibility. For more information, visit MN Afterschool Advance


    Increasing the CCAP provider reimbursement rate.

    • The amount of care is increasing while the reimbursement rate stays the same. Increasing the CCAP provider reimbursement rate to at least the 25th percentile of the 2018 market rate survey would align with federal law. For more information, visit MnAEYC-MnSACA 


    Increasing funding to the Minnesota Youth Council. 

    • The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) mobilizes middle and high school students across the state to create equitable systems through youth led outreach, education, and advocacy. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature formally recognized the work of the Minnesota Youth Council, passing into law the Minnesota Youth Council Committee Bill, which established the council as the “voice of youth” to the state legislature and the Governor. There are currently no state funds supporting the operation of the council. For more information, visit MN Alliance with Youth 
    Afterschool Policy Publications

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

    Afterschool Policy Platform Criteria & FAQ

    Afterschool Policy Platform Criteria & FAQ

    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.

    Screenshot of first page of Targeted Services Executive Summary

    Targeted Services Report: Executive Summary, Summer 2020