About Us

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Our Mission

The Alabama Expanded Learning Alliance (AELA) 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

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Felicia Simpson

AELA Co-Director

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Jeana Ross

Director of Policy and

Children’s Affairs

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Dr. Tracye Strichik

AELA Co-Director

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Jessica Millican

AELA Projects Coordinator


Dr. Christine Spear

Director of STEM Education

By Region

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Andrea Bridges

Region 1

Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, Lawrence, Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb, Winston, Cullman, Blount, Walker

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Monica Jeffreys

Region 2

Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Choctaw, Marengo, Wilcox

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Sallie Chastain

Region 3

Jefferson, Shelby, St Clair, Etowah, Cherokee, Calhoun, Talladega, Cleburne, Clay, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers

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Dr. Leslie Cowell

Region 4

Chilton, Dallas, Autauga, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Montgomery, Bullock, Russell, Butler, Crenshaw, Pike, Barbour

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Brittney Reeves

Region 5

Clarke, Washington, Monroe, Conecuh, Escambia, Covington, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Houston, Geneva, Escambia, Baldwin, Mobile