After School Programs

While the Minnesota Department of Education does not provide direct programming, we work diligently with local schools and community organizations to have quality out-of-school time learning opportunities available across Minnesota. Here are some examples of programs we support.

21st Century Community Learning Centers
Community learning centers are federal grant-funded programs which provide students with enrichment opportunities before and after school and for a minimum of four weeks during summer recess. Community learning centers are created by partnerships between schools and community organizations that prioritize programs serving students in high-poverty, low-performing schools. 21st Century Community Learning Centers

At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program
The At-Risk Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs help students get the nutritious meals they need in a safe, supervised location. For many students, this is their only opportunity to access a healthy meal after the school day or year ends. Visit the At-Risk page for more information on meal programs.

Community Education
Community Education promotes learning and social development through after school and summer programming for students and adults of all ages. The idea behind community education is that education is a lifelong process. The program gives shared responsibility for educating all to the entire community by providing opportunities for local citizens, schools, and organizations to become active partners in addressing education and community concerns. By linking identified needs to available resources, communities raise the quality of life for everyone. Contact your local district office for more information on opportunities for learning in your area.

Libraries recognize the importance of library services to children and teens. Dedicated State Library Services staff plan, develop and implement statewide programs and offer professional development opportunities for librarians working with youth. Find local library programs.

Targeted Services Programs
Targeted services provides before school, after school and summer programs for students in grades K-8 who may be struggling in the regular school program and need additional time to develop skills and abilities. Targeted services are designed for meeting the needs of the whole child. Therefore, it is not more of the same teaching and learning that occurs during the school day, but a different approach to engage students with the teacher, school and community. The purpose is to develop the skills needed to be successful in the regular school program. Contact your local district office for information about programs available in your community.

Minnesota can almost be called the land of 10,000 STEM opportunities. STEM stands for integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education. To help students get connected with these opportunities, this web portal has been designed to identify within a region or age group several organizations that provide services. Once you find an organization meeting your needs, you will be redirected to their site to make the contact. Explore STEM for opportunities in your area.