Why is Afterschool Important?

In Colorado, afterschool programs are keeping students safe, inspiring them to learn and supporting Colorado’s working families. Yet 146,856 school-age children (17 percent) in Colorado are alone and unsupervised during the hours after school. More than a decade of research confirms that quality afterschool programs are providing rich learning experiences for students, helping to narrow existing opportunity and achievement gaps, and positioning students toward a bright future as they move through school, career and life.

Out-of-school time programs:

  • Improve engagement in school and conduct in school
  • Increase academic achievement
  • Immerse students in STEM
  • Promote health and wellness
  • Support working families

Find data and more supporting information in the Afterschool Fostering Student Success in Colorado fact sheet (from the Afterschool Alliance).

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Policy Development

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State Policies

Colorado State Youth Development Plan

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Colorado Department of Education Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 

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Colorado Office of Early Childhood Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)

State Plan: June 1, 2016 – September 30 2018

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Afterschool Alliance Guidance for State Afterschool Policy 

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21St Century Community Learning Centers

Learn about the funding history, program outcomes and policy that defines the types of programs supported by this initiative in Colorado.

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Federal Policies

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now ESSA, is the law authorizing education programs, including 21st CCLC, Title I and other initiatives that support afterschool programs. ESEA, formerly No Child Left Behind (NCLB), was reauthorized in December 2015 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new law provides new opportunities for afterschool programs, community partners, and local input to support student learning.

ESEA Legislation Overview

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21st CCLC ESSA Information

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Afterschool Alliance Federal Afterschool Policy

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Advocacy

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Policy Advocacy

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Policy News

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Building Partnerships

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