Letter to City of Dallas

City of Dallas Leadership,

Families across our city depend on the enriching care provided through the City of Dallas and the community has deemed these programs essential to public safety.

Our request for the City of Dallas 20-21 General Budget is the following:

  1. Level Funding: $975,000 to support the All Youth Access Pass.
    2. Level Funding: $500,000 from the General Fund for afterschool and summer programs directed by the Department of Park & Recreation.
    3. Increase recreational services and personnel that provide youth services on City of Dallas property and Dallas ISD Campuses in high need communities.
    4. Allocate funding to support DPD Youth Programs.

Afterschool Matters!
The City of Dallas is the largest provider of out-of-school-time programs for low-income families through Dallas Park & Recreation, the Dallas Public Library, and the Office of Cultural Affairs.

We Need and Want Safe Afterschool Programs to:

  • Support Working Families:
    91% of public comments on the HUD Consolidated Plan for FY19-24 supported afterschool programming that helps working families and addresses the drivers of poverty.
  • Empower Thriving Students:
    In Dallas, low-income students in high quality afterschool programs out perform their peers in state standardized tests in math and reading. Early learners in high-quality afterschool programs have greater literacy gains compared to students not in high-quality programs.
  • Build Safer Communities:
    The Mayor’s Task Force on Safe communities found that “While all violence is tragic, many members of the community were especially impacted by violence that reaches children. Several neighborhood groups and Task Force members have specifically been calling for increasing out of school time opportunities that give kids positive activities to focus on.”

We appreciate the city’s recognition of the importance of OST programming during the 2019-20 budget cycle. We applaud the hard work that goes into crafting a budget and the commitment to an equitable distribution of resources that targets those families most in need of increased support. At the same time, we believe we can all work together to make further strides that will increase access to afterschool and summer programs for working families.

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