About Us

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Our Mission

The Alabama Afterschool Community Network (ALACN) works to ensure Alabama youth, families, and communities have access to high quality programming during Out-of-School time that promotes positive development and life-long learning.

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Our Goals

  • Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.

  • Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing school-based/school-linked afterschool programs

  • Support statewide systems and partnerships to ensure programs are of high quality.

Our Staff

Felicia Simpson, Network Lead

Felicia Simpson serves as the Network Lead for the Alabama Afterschool Community Network (ALACN), promoting high-quality afterschool programs and summer learning across the state. She is also the Director of the Office of Expanded Learning and Community Supports in the College of Education at the University of Alabama. Felicia has over 23 years experience in education.


She has served as a teacher, administrator and director in K-12 schools. She works diligently with the Governor’s Administration, State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education and numerous other organizations to create awareness around the impact before/afterschool and summer programming has for Alabama students, families, and communities. Felicia is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, University of Alabama, and completed her Education Policy Fellowship at Furman University.

feliciasimpson@alacn.org    |   256-298-0586

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