The mission of Dallas Afterschool is to increase the quality and availability of afterschool and summer programs in our community. Our vision is that all families have access to quality Out-of-School Time (OST) that promotes their children’s intellectual, emotional, and creative development in a safe and nurturing environment.
Dallas Afterschool was formed in 2007 in response to a study entitled Today's Children, Tomorrow's Communities: 2006 After-School Program Assessment, which found that no unifying agency existed to facilitate communication, learning, or information exchange among the hundreds of nonprofit afterschool agencies in Dallas. The study concluded that staff training was the most needed resource for afterschool and summer providers. For 11 years, Dallas Afterschool has led our community in offering these providers a critical backbone of support through education, evaluation, research, and advocacy.
Today, Dallas Afterschool has three primary services – the Program Quality Initiative (PQI), the After the Bell Alliance (ATBA), and Wonder Kits. For information on our ongoing research partnership with SMU, click here.