The Delaware Afterschool Network (DEAN) endorses the goal that all school-age children be academically, socially, culturally and physically healthy. DEAN, along with its partners, works to create a long-term policy voice for afterschool programs; advocates for policies that support high-quality programs; supports the afterschool workforce; increases public awareness regarding afterschool programs; builds bridges between schools and community-based organizations and supports family-centered practices.


To expand and support high quality out-of-school programs, so Delaware’s children are safe, supervised and prepared to lead productive lives.


A place where all Delaware K-12 youth have access to a high quality learning experience before and after the school day, preparing them for academic success, tomorrow’s workforce and to become engaged community citizens.


A driving force that develops partnerships, brings stakeholders together and shares best practices to ensure that affordable, sustainable afterschool, out of school and summer learning programs are available.

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    • The lack of federal, state and local funding, and families and communities working with tight budgets leaves 21,404 of Delaware’s school age children alone and unsupervised in the hours after school

    • 62,518 (47%) kids in Delaware would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them

    • 16, 237 kids in Delaware participate in afterschool programs

    • 6,123 kids in Delaware attend 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs that serve children living in high poverty areas and attending low-performing schools.

Note: Data subject to change without notice.
*Source: Afterschool Alliance 2020 America After 3PM report