Enriching the lives of children and teens across Georgia through out-of-school programs
The Afterschool Care Program is located within the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Collaborative Services Section. The program provides federal funding to non-profit organizations and public agencies who serve youth and families during the out-of-school time and is designed to support DHS’ broader goal of promoting self-sufficiency among families and ending intergenerational poverty. By funding programs and services that are provided during before school, after school, intercession and summer hours, the Afterschool Care Program also supports two Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) goals:
a) Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
b) Prevent and reduce unplanned pregnancies among single young adults.
Strengthen youth-serving organizations and institutions by providing funding that increases their capacity to design, implement, and sustain quality youth development programs that provide services to underserved youth.
- Strengthen youth by providing opportunities for them to establish a relationship with a caring adult, participate in project-based and/or apprenticeship-based learning experiences and engage in year-round or summer enrichment experiences that prepare for life beyond the school-age years.
- Strengthen families by informing them of available resources within their communities.
- Strengthen communities by supporting relationship building, coordinating service delivery, and building the capacity of local institutions and organizations to meet the needs of youth, specifically youth who are in foster care and youth who have special needs.