Afterschool in Alabama

Facts & Research

  • In Alabama, 19% (148,052) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Alabama children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 41% (274,742) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 94% of parents in Alabama are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 13% (104,968) of Alabama's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 17,304 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in Alabama, refer to the Afterschool in Alabama Fact Sheet.

Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in Alabama.

State Policy and Funding

Alabama is in the early stages of adopting a quality rating system. This process was initiated in 2009, recently piloted and awaiting full implementation. The Alabama Department of Human Resources is also providing funding for mini-grants to schools to support afterschool efforts. These mini-grants are being administered by the Alabama Department of Education in a strong display of state agency collaboration.

Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program?

Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.

Alabama received $49.1 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. SIG funds are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

Your state does not currently have an afterschool network, but see "State Contact" below for a helpful resource that can help guide afterschool efforts in Alabama.

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight Alabama's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in Alabama:

The 21st CCLC program provides outstanding enrichment activities for the students& which encourages [them] to think of themselves as capable learners.

Scott Langham
Alabama Community Education Association Principal of the Year

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Alabama.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.

From Shaneadra Graham's Afterschool Story:

...this summer, I was chosen as one of five finalists for a scholar award, partially because the BRIDGES 21st CCLC program provided me with a safe place to study and complete my homework.

I hope that one day I can encourage youth to "become better" too.

Read more from Shaneadra Graham's Afterschool Story

Afterschool Champions

Alabama has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from Alabama participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL)

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in Alabama:

Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Tuscumbia, AL

Dothan's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, Dothan, AL

Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout Alabama. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador for 2011-12:
Bettye Anne Older
Straughn Elementary School
29324 Straughn School Road
Andalusia, AL 36421

Ambassador Emeritus:
Jefferson State Community College Child Development Program
2601 Carson Road
Birmingham, AL 205-856-6047

Ambassador Emeritus:
Afterschool/21st CCLC Programs
Baldwin County Public Schools
1091 "B" Avenue
Loxley, AL 36551

Ambassador Emeritus:
Northeast YMCA
628 Red Lane Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35216

Ambassador Emeritus:
BREAD Center
P.O. Box 310665
Birmingham, AL 35231

Ambassador Emeritus:
Vestavia Hills City Schools Extended Day
1281 Montgomery Highway
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

State Contact

Chris Groccia
Projects Director
Alabama Afterschool Community Network
108 Ramsay Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
(334) 884-4488