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Dallas Afterschool


Dallas Afterschool Improves The Quality Of Afterschool And Summer Programs In Our Community.


Dallas Afterschool informs, trains, supports and evaluates afterschool sites that serve low-income youth in our community. Our goal is to help local afterschool sites achieve national quality standards for the benefit of the children they serve.

 

Dallas Afterschool formed in 2007 in response to the study "Today's Children: Tomorrow's Communities, 2006 After-School Program Assessment," which found that there was no unifying agency to facilitate communication, learning or information exchange between the 2,200 afterschool care agencies in Dallas County. This study also concluded that staff training was the most-needed, and sorely lacking, resource among afterschool and summer providers.

Since 2007, Dallas Afterschool has grown from 3 volunteers to 14 employees and 20 regular volunteers. In the past two years, Dallas Afterschool: has twice been nominated as a finalist for the Center for Nonprofit Management's "Nonprofit of the Year" award; was one of just three Boards of Directors (profit or nonprofit) to receive The Dallas Business Journal's "2013 Outstanding Directors" award; formed an advisory council in the spring of 2012, comprised of 17 community leaders who serve as ambassadors and counselors; and held its inaugural annual fundraising event in the spring of 2013, "RECESS!," which raised more than $150,000 for the organization.

What We Do
Dallas Afterschool does not serve children directly. Instead, we inform, train, support and evaluate afterschool sites that serve low-income youth in our community. Our goal is to help local afterschool sites achieve national quality standards for the benefit of the children they serve.

Why We Do It 
Research proves that only high quality afterschool programs create positive student outcomes. Students who attend low-quality or average-quality programs show no difference in academic, social or emotional outcomes than students who attend no program at all. (ChildTrends, August 2010.)

How We Do It
Our Program Quality Initiative defines a path for quality improvement by advancing sites from their current level of quality through a series of benchmarked increments (“tiers”) of quality performance, to eventually be in a position to achieve a Certificate of Program Quality. We provide myriad services to help afterschool and summer sites improve the quality of their staff and programs, including: AQuA, a web-based best practices tool; Quality Advisors to provide onsite staff coaching; training workshops; student curriculum; program supplies; and trained volunteers and AmeriCorps VISTA members.

Whom We Support
Our primary focus is free or low-cost sites serving low-income children in Dallas County. We currently support 140 afterschool sites that collectively serve more than 9,000 low-income K - 12th grade students. Afterschool or summer sites interested in working with us are invited to submit an Interest Form.