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Iowa Afterschool Alliance


Develop strong statewide systems of support for high-quality, affordable, and accessible before school, after school, and summer programs.

OST in Iowa

Out-of-School Time (OST) is supervised programming that youth regularly participate in before school, after school, and during summer break. These programs keep young people safe, provide child care for working families, and organize activities that help youth develop skills and improve academically. Sometimes, these programs are collectively referred to as “afterschool”.

Our Vision

All Iowa children and youth will have access to quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities in their community.

The Outcome of Afterschool in Iowa
  • 66% improved in reading and 75% improved in math. In Iowa’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, 66% of students improved in reading and 75% improved in math.

  • 51% decrease in juvenile arrests.

    In Council Bluffs, the police department reports a 51% decrease in juvenile arrests during the after school hours of
    2:00-5:00PM since the middle school’s afterschool program began. 

  • 83% improved behavior.

    According to teacher reports across the state, 83% of students participating in 21st Century Community Learning Centers experienced improvements in behavior.

  • 721 partners

    across the state help 21st Century programs leverage resources and serve more youth.

  • 87% of parents

    are satisfied with their child’s afterschool program.  

Thank you to our partners!
Contact Us

Iowa Afterschool Alliance

2910 Westown Parkway, STE 302

West Des Moines, IA 50266


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