Afterschool in Your State

A clearing house of information on afterschool across the country

Drill down into afterschool numbers, developments, resources and more in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

Networks of afterschool program providers and advocates are already working or forming in several states across the county to push for quality, affordable afterschool programs for all youth. Use the map below to navigate to find out about all things afterschool in your state. Explore facts and figures on how children in your state spend their hours after school; state policy and funding information; afterschool champions and voices; and contacts in your state that can be a great resource to help guide your afterschool efforts.

Afterschool in 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.

State Network

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.

Supplemental Educational Services

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.

Afterschool Champions & Voices

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

Afterschool Caucus

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)


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 2015-16
Michael Wilson
Glen Iris Elementary/B.R.E.A.D.
1115 11th St South
Birmingham, PrimaryState 35205
(205) 231-7442

Ambassador Emeritus
Bretta Freeman
Afterschool/ Northeast YMCA
628 Red Lane Rd
Birmingham, PrimaryState 35215-8236
(205) 833-7616

Ambassador Emeritus
Cherry Penn
Baldwin County Board of Education
1091 B Avenue
Loxley, PrimaryState 36551
(251) 972-8518

Ambassador Emeritus
Erika Eatmon
Birmingham Regional Empowerment and Deve
3357 Main Street
Adamsville, PrimaryState 35005
(205) 796-0550

Ambassador Emeritus
Kathi Wales
Jefferson State Community College
2601 Carson Rd
Birmingham, PrimaryState 35215-3007

Ambassador Emeritus
Bettye Anne Older
Straughn Elementary 21st CCLC
29324 Straughn School Rd
Andalusia, PrimaryState 36421
(334) 427-1311

Ambassador Emeritus
Ronda Charping
Vestavia Hills City Schools EDP - Central Elem
1281 Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham, PrimaryState 35216-2835

Quick Quotes

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

State Contact

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