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The Alabama Afterschool Quality Standards Project


“Afterschool” is often used interchangeably with “Out-of-School” time (OST). Out-of-School time refers to youth development programming that occurs beyond the traditional school day - including before and after school, weekends, holidays and summers. Programs are structured and offer a wide range of learning and enrichment activities that promote academic, artistic, physical, social and emotional development for all participating children and youth.


The goal of the Alabama Afterschool Quality Standards Project, an agreement with the Alabama Department of Human Resources and the Truman Pierce Institute (TPI) at Auburn University, is to assist school-age programs in our state to work with the specific needs of school-aged children. TPI offers professional development based on the Alabama School-aged Quality Standards to ensure children are provided a safe environment and quality programming during the out-of-school time. Through professional development and resources, we strive to advance the competencies of the school-age childcare providers to provide age appropriate, developmental activities to allow our youth to meet their potential.

Click below to download the Quality Standards:
Alabama Afterschool Quality Standards.pdf

2021 Live Virtual Professional Development Calendar

Trainings are also offered through the Regional Childcare Centers. Check your area center for dates and times.


Alabama Quality Afterschool Standards

STANDARD 1: Environmental Safety, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives

STANDARD 2: Staff and Youth Relationships

STANDARD 3: Youth Participation, Learning, and Engagement

STANDARD 4: Family and Community Partnerships

STANDARD 5: Programming and Alignment with Regular School Day Learning

STANDARD 6: Administration and Organizational Development

STANDARD 7: Staffing and Professional Development

STANDARD 8: Evaluation for Continuous Quality Improvement



Making the Case for Afterschool


Alabama Department of Human Resources Coronavirus Information



Teacher’s Guide for Remote Learning


America After 3 PM


This is Afterschool Alabama


Afterschool Statistics


Contact Us

Dr. Jason Bryant

Director of Truman Pierce Institute

Sandy Resa

Project Director

Michelle Denney

Professional Development Manager

Mailing Address

1463 Haley Center

Auburn, AL 36849