Afterschool in Georgia

Facts & Research

  • In Georgia, 25% (412,699) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Georgia children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 32% (446,450) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 87% of parents in Georgia are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 17% (275,690) of Georgia's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 38,387 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 Georgia, refer to the Afterschool in Georgia Fact Sheet.

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

State Policy and Funding

In FY2009, Georgia made a total of $14 million available to its Division of Family and Children Services in the Department of Human Services for grants to school- and community-based afterschool programs. The funding includes an allocation of $10 million from its federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds and $4 million from state revenues. This funding serves 23,000 low income and foster youth in Georgia.

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.

Georgia is a recipient of ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIGs) ($122,815,607) and Race to the Top (RTT) Phase 2 awards ($400 million). Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

Additionally, the Forsyth County Schools in Georgia was awarded an Investing in Innovation (i3) development grant totaling $4.7 million for the EngageMe P.L.E.A.S.E. program.

Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates: http://www.afterschoolga.org

News & Voices

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

What leaders are saying in Georgia:

Employers across Georgia are looking for employees with high-level skills, including the ability to work in teams and approach complex problems in innovative ways. Afterschool programs allow students to explore their interests and apply their school-day learning in new ways - ways that strengthen their knowledge and skills and boost their employability.

Ann Cramer
Director of IBM Corporate Community Relations, North America

Through after-school and enrichment programs supported by vital business partners...we will be able to help transform young boys and girls into strong men and women.

Kasim Reed
Mayor, City of Georgia

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Georgia.

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 Jailyn Boyer's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Read more from Jailyn Boyer's Afterschool Story

From Roneek Solomon's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

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From Asia Macklin's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

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From Dustin Jenkins's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

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From Leundra Stanton's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

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From Daniel Moon's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

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Afterschool Champions

Georgia 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 Georgia participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

House Rep. John Barrow (D-GA)

Senate Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

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 Georgia:

Fund For Southern Communities, Stone Mountain, GA

Georgia DOE, Macon, GA

Project Grad Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

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 Georgia. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador for 2011-12:
Tina Fleming
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation
75 Langley Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
770-822-8875
tina.fleming@gwinnettcounty.com

Ambassador Emeritus:
CHRISTOPHER STACY
Georgia Coastal Youth Inc.
P.O. Box 368
Riceboro, GA 31323
912-884-2986
cstac38@yahoo.com

Ambassador Emeritus:
ERNESTINE RAMSEY
John P. Thayer & A.J. McClung YMCAs
24 -14 Street
Columbus, GA 31902
706-322-8269 x149
eramsey@ymcacolumbusga.com

Ambassador Emeritus:
MINDY DISALVO
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Centergy One Building Information and Communications Lab
75 5th Street NW
Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 404-407-8288
Mindy.disalvo@gtri.gatech.edu

State Contact

Katie Kross Landes
Program Manager
Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-521-0355
katiek@afterschoolga.org
http://www.statewideafterschoolnetworks.net/georgia