Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning

The Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning is a growing collaboration of local, regional and statewide organizations working together to improve the quality and access of afterschool, summer and youth programs. The mission of LACAL is to build a statewide coalition of partners and develop policies to expand and sustain high-quality afterschool programs across Louisiana that improve outcomes for young people and help working families. 

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • Louisiana’s network includes state agency leaders from the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and the Office of Juvenile Justice, educators, afterschool providers, child care centers, youth development experts, faith- and community-based organizations, parents and youth.

  • The long-term goal is to provide meaningful bridges between leaders of schools, communities and families in order to better support student learning imbedded in youth development principles, and life-long learning opportunities. LACAL will focus on three primary goals: (1) Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships that advocates for high-quality programs, (2) Support the development and growth of statewide policies to secure resources for new and existing afterschool programs, and (3) Ensure that high-quality afterschool programs exist in every community.