Why is Afterschool Important?
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 This is Afterschool in Colorado fact sheet (from the Afterschool Alliance).View PDF
Use the information on this page to support your understanding of partnerships and policy development.
Colorado State Youth Development Plan
Colorado Department of Education Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Colorado Office of Early Childhood Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)
Afterschool Alliance Guidance for State Afterschool Policy
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.
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.