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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Alabama

How Alabama 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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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in Alabama

While some afterschool progress has been made in recent years, there are still many children who could benefit from afterschool programs in Alabama. Only 15 percent of Alabama K-12 youth are in afterschool programs while another 36 percent would participate if a program were available to them. While afterschool is expanding in Alabama, demand is also growing, and even more can be done to make sure the state remains on the right track toward offering afterschool opportunities for all.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

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

Alabama

2004

2009

Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs

10%

15%

Percentage of Kids in Self Care

20%

27%

Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program

90%

93%

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

29%

36%

Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs

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21%

Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 16,592 students in Alabama. However, that is only a small fraction of the 359,498 kids in Alabama 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 Alabama check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Alabama 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

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

- Scott Langham, 2010 Alabama Community Education Association Pricipal of the Year

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Alabama 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

  • Cindy Hawkins, Executive Director of Kids First Awareness Community Center

Consumer Guide: Alabama

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, $84,258 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Alabama.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 84 programs in Alabama 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, 36 people in Alabama 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.