We level the playing field for children of all races and economic backgrounds by increasing the quality and availability of afterschool and summer programs for over 12,000 students in Dallas County.
Dallas Afterschool’s OST Policy Brief provides recommendations to support the out-of-school time community and the students we serve. This year’s report features guidelines on COVID-19 as well as City, State, and District-level policy recommendations.
Three Hours a Day.
A Lifetime of difference.
Afterschool Partner Sites
Afterschool Professionals Trained
Certified High Quality Sites
We make afterschool better.
We assess the safety and quality of afterschool programs so students can thrive. We work with afterschool partners to improve programming, and provide coaching, training, curriculum, technical assistance, and teaching resources.
There are only enough free and low-cost afterschool programs to meet 17% of student in need in Dallas! We work to increase public funding for afterschool at a systems-level so all families, regardless of zip code and income, have access to safe, high quality programs.
Whether it’s information on neighborhoods with the highest need or scholarly studies on how quality afterschool impacts students’ academic and emotional growth, we constantly work to build a strong case for afterschool.
From Our Partners
“Partnering with Dallas Afterschool over the years has afforded our team numerous training and professional development hours, and as a result, we have improved the overall experience for both our parents and participants. We look forward to expanding our partnership to include additional program areas and sites.”
“Kids need a place for themselves; school is something that is less their own and more what adults have for them. Afterschool provides more freedom for the former. Giving them that space for expression for imagination, for learning beyond the textbook, that is my goal. I just try to give my students what I needed at their age.”