ACT Now Afterschool Map and Database

MapDatabasefor websiteThe Need for the Map:

  • Right now in Illinois afterschool is really fragmented. 
  • Unless there is a direct connection, policymakers, community members, and out-of-school time programs don’t always know where other programs are located. This makes it harder to coordinate the field, share resources, and advocate for the field.

What Our Map Will Do:

  • The afterschool map will be the first statewide database for out-of-school time programs. 
  • ACT Now will use this information to define the afterschool landscape for policymakers, help to better connect programs to one another, help community members to find programs in their area, and help to better target resources to communities in need. 

You can add your program to the map here.

For help using the map, check out our webinar here.
To access the accompanying PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will map information be generally discoverable to people that visit ACT Now’s website?

  • Yes, however, many of the fields are not mandatory so you don’t have to share information you deem is too private.

What is the benefit of adding my program information?

  • By adding your program information you are contributing to a greater conversation about the value of afterschool in Illinois and where the gaps are in programming around the state. This is a powerful message for policymakers.
  • The map will also allow you to collaborate better with providers in your region to network and possibly share resources.

Can I update my program information once it is submitted?

  • Yes.  Click the program you wish to remove or update and submit the form. Once ACT Now staff has reviewed the request, the change will be made.

Does ACT Now endorse the programs on the map?

  • No.  ACT Now is using this map to create a snapshot of the landscape of afterschool in Illinois to better define the state of the field and bring providers together. ACT Now has not vetted and cannot endorse all programs added.

How do I use the map filters?

  • On the Map Home page, you can see a map of the state of Illinois with outlines of the selected geographic area (counties, cities, etc.). The areas will be color-coded based on the total number of active afterschool program within each area.
  • You can change the outlined areas by selecting a new geographic area and selecting the Map It! button.
  • To filter the shaded results based on programs servicing certain grades or offering particular programming, select the desired filters in the Grades Served and Programming Offered lists and select the Map It! button. The map will re-shade the shapes based on the number of programs that meet the applied filters. Selecting the region’s name or the Zoom In link will zoom in on that region to show all programs in that area.

How can I search program profiles?

  • Upon zooming in on a mapped area, you can view pins for all programs in that area that meet the applied filters. Below the map, you can view a table of programs that are currently mapped.
  • When you select a pin on the map or a pin icon on the table, you will see a popup bubble over the pin on the map with that program’s contact information. Selecting the program’s name or More Details link in the bubble or selecting the program’s name in the table will navigate to that program’s public profile.
  • You can also search for specific program profiles in the search box.