Lights on Afterschool

Each October, one million Americans and more than 7,500 communities nationwide celebrate the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. 

Lights On Afterschool is a national advocacy day where afterschool programs across the nation host events to celebrate their programs and increase awareness about the importance of afterschool.

Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide.  The following year 3,600 events took place.  Today, more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool rallies are held annually, attracting 1 million Americans and media coverage nationwide.

Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has served as Chair of Lights On Afterschool since 2001.

October 22, 2020 is the date for this year’s Lights On Afterschool Day. We want North Carolina to have a record number of events in 2018, so be sure to register with the Afterschool Alliance! Start planning now!

The Afterschool Alliance provides tools and resources to host successful events, including an event planning kit. The Alliance and NC CAP encourages all programs and organizations to register their Lights On events with the Afterschool Alliance so we can have a record of what happens year to year. When you register your event, you also receive free posters, advertising post cards, and buttons, so be sure to take advantage of the registration process!