Enriching the lives of children and teens across Georgia through out-of-school programs
The Afterschool Care Program is located within the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Collaborative Services Section, Community Programs Unit. In an effort to continue to support DFCS’ broader goal of being a resource to families by promoting self-sufficiency and independence, the Afterschool Care Program provides federal funding to non-profit organizations and public agencies who serve youth and families during the out-of-school time.
The mission of the Afterschool Care Program is to provide resources to youth-serving organizations within the state of Georgia who serve families within low-to-moderate income communities and the foster care system. The vision of the Afterschool Care Program is to ensure every child and youth has access to high quality youth development programming within their community. Academic attainment and an enhanced well-being through positive youth development services are key factors in ensuring youth successfully transition into young adulthood, particularly youth of economically disadvantaged communities. By providing funding through a Statement of Need (SoN) solicitation process, DFCS partners with community-based organizations and public agencies throughout the state of Georgia who provide services to youth and their families.
The goals of the DFCS Afterschool Care Program are to:
- Strengthen youth-serving organizations and institutions by providing funding that increases their capacity to design, implement, and sustain quality youth development programs and services;
- Provide opportunities for youth to establish positive relationships with their peers and caring adults during traditional non-school day hours; and
- Provide technical assistance to organizations and agencies as they implement services and activities that support their youth’s overall well-being as they prepare for and transition into young adulthood.