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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Louisiana

How Louisiana is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School

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Much More Work to Be Done

More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress

Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done

Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress

Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow

Methodological Note:

The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.

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jcpenney

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in Louisiana

There is huge demand for afterschool in Louisiana, where more than half of all youth not currently in afterschool are likely to participate if a program were available. Among the few children and families (13 percent) who are lucky enough to have access to a program, 60 percent are extremely satisfied with the afterschool program. Recent cuts to state afterschool funding will result in children having access to even fewer safe, engaging afterschool opportunities. Hopefully, Louisiana can regain some ground over the next several years and ensure that all children have high-quality afterschool opportunities.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in Louisiana check out Louisiana After 3PM.

Louisiana

2004

2009

Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs

15%

13%

Percentage of Kids in Self Care

21%

23%

Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program

96%

90%

Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available

30%

52%

Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs

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30%

Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 22,832 students in Louisiana. However, that is only a small fraction of the 325,780 kids in Louisiana who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.

Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding

For an explanation of specific policy activities in Louisiana check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Louisiana webpage.

  • State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
  • Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
  • State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
  • Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
  • An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming

"Participating in an after school program growing up made a priceless impact on me and my brother. The unforgettable experiences that we shared helped me become the person I am today. It's a blessing to be part of this city, as we continue to come together and build stronger communities for our youth."

- Chris Paul, All-Star Point Guard for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Louisiana check out Afterschool for All.

  • Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
  • Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
  • A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
  • A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus

Afterschool Champions

  • Gina Warner, Partnership for Youth Development
  • Sal Miletello, Founder and Chairman, Fully Devoted Developer of Children (FDDOC) Winners Circle, Inc.
  • Gaylynne Mack, Big Buddy Program

State Network

Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning
412 North 4th Street, Suite 240
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225-383-3844

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu

Consumer Guide: Louisiana

For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.

The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.

What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:

Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $87,101 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Louisiana.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 45 programs in Louisiana participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.

Sign On: Currently, 89 people in Louisiana have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.

Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.