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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Georgia

How Georgia is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School


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 Georgia

For the most part, Georgia trends with the rest of the nation in afterschool availability. Seventeen percent of Georgia's children participate in afterschool programs while 25 percent are in self-care. With no major state initiatives dedicated to the availability or quality of afterschool, there is a great opportunity for state leaders to help ensure that even more children have access to afterschool programs. Georgia's youth could greatly benefit from increased state funding for programs and efforts to improve quality.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

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




Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs



Percentage of Kids in Self Care



Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program



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



Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs



Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 39,744 students in Georgia. However, that is only a small fraction of the 628,238 kids in Georgia 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 Georgia check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Georgia 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

"Our goal is to prepare our children for adulthood. Afterschool is an investment our city government continues to make even in these economic times to ensure that we're moving our children toward our goal."

- Mayor Otis Samuel Johnson, City of Savannah

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Georgia 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

  • Jeanette Scott, Principal, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Milledgeville
  • Mayor Otis Johnson, City of Savannah
  • Linda Watson Kaufman, Director of YES Program of Baldwin County

State Network

Georgia Afterschool Investment Council
57 Forsyth St, NW Suite 222G
Atlanta, GA 30303

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Rep. John Barrow

Rep. John Lewis

Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Consumer Guide: Georgia

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, $176,730 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Georgia.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 188 programs in Georgia 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, 102 people in Georgia 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.