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 Louisiana

Facts & Research

  • In Louisiana, 19% (147,333) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Louisiana children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 39% (256,040) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 91% of parents in Louisiana are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 15% (115,540) of Louisiana's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 22,386 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.

*—This figure is an Afterschool Alliance calculation based on the state-allocated 21st CCLC funding and a program cost of $1,000 per child. The program cost per child is an Afterschool Alliance estimation based on the Department of Education's per-student expenditures for: (1) all students attending 21st CCLC programs and (2) students who regularly attend 21st CCLC programs.

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

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


State Policy and Funding

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved afterschool program standards along with a team of Quality Advisors to provide direct assessments, technical assistance, training and advisement for all 21st CCLC schools and providers. However, the state lacks a unified vision for quality afterschool, including standards and other quality supports that cut across funding streams. In fall 2011, the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning (LACAL) convened leaders from across the state to create a vision for high-quality afterschool and school-age care so that all children and youth have access to learning opportunities after the school bell rings. The summit generated several recommendations for moving forward, including: (1) developing a common set of quality standards for programs across funding streams, (2) creating a resource guide, (3) convening an afterschool funders group, and (4) providing more professional development opportunities.

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 Louisiana.

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

Louisiana 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 Louisiana participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Your state has no elected officials in the Afterschool Caucus. Ask your Senators and Representative to show their support for afterschool programs by joining the Afterschool Caucuses.


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

Ambassador Emeritus
Gaylynne Mack
Big Buddy Program
1415 Main St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-4664

Ambassador Emeritus
Patricia Johnson
Monroe City Schools
2006 Tower Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
(318) 387-6511 ext. 5007

Ambassador Emeritus
Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training(VIET)
13435 Granville Street
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 255-1412

Ambassador Emeritus
Richard Bates
615 Baronne St. #201
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 523-3525

Quick Quotes

What leaders are saying in Louisiana:

Spend some time mentoring a kid after school so they know that someone cares and is willing to help them succeed.

Mitch Landrieu
Mayor, City of New Orleans

Afterschool Storybook

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State Contact

Andrew Ganucheau
Louisiana Statewide Afterschool Network
412 North 4th Street, Suite 240
Baton Rouge, LA 70802