After the Bell
Everyday in Dallas County, over 97,000 children are left alone to care for themselves between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. To put this in perspective, imagine those same children filling AT&T Stadium to more than capacity, and overflowing onto the field.
The lack of a coordinated city-wide out of school system, compounded with a shortage of high quality afterschool and summer programs is a significant challenge for many working families with low-income children being disproportionality impacted.
The After the Bell Alliance, a community collaboration led by Dallas Afterschool, has started work to address the factors that prevent out of school time from being safe, accessible and impactful for these children. This fall, the Alliance will address barriers impacting four high-need Dallas neighborhoods – Bachman Lake, West Dallas, Fair Park and South Oak Cliff - by providing resources to drive improvement in afterschool programming using a common definition of quality, establishing a system for sharing student data to design impactful programming and track improvements, and cultivating community support for afterschool and summer learning. Through these efforts, the Alliance expects to increase access and participation, improve efficiency through more effective use of community resources and provide better social, emotional and academic outcomes for the most at-risk and underserved children in our city.
Can we really afford to not invest in improving the lives of underserved children? The returns – safer neighborhoods, better academic outcomes, and a brighter future for 97,000 Dallas citizens – are just too important to pass up.
After the Bell Alliance Council and Partners
- Gigi Antoni, President and CEO, Big Thought
- Paula Blackmon, Senior Executive Director, Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations, Dallas Independent School District
- Angela Farley, Senior Vice President of Education, Dallas Regional Chamber
- Jonathan Feinstein, Director of Community Engagement, Commit! Partnership
- Christina Hanger, CEO, Dallas Afterschool
- Susan Hoff, Chief Strategy and Operating Officer, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
- Dr. Dena Jackson, Vice President – Grants and Research, Dallas Women’s Foundation
- Lt. Sally Lannom, Dallas Police Department
- Hank Lawson, Community Engagement Advisor, Frazier Revitalization Inc.
- Janet Mockovciak, Co-Founder, Dallas Afterschool, Board Member TXPOST (Texas Partnership for Out of School Time)
- Aimee Sheahan, Principal at Sheahan Communications, Dallas Afterschool Board
- Terese Stevenson, Senior Program Officer, The Rees-Jones Foundation
- Joey Zapata, Assistant City Manager, City of Dallas