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Program Quality Initiative

Research indicates that quality afterschool programs can increase academic scores, social-emotional skills, and attendance in school, as well as reducing negative behaviors. Dallas Afterschool works with 35 different nonprofits and over 180 afterschool and summer program sites annually to provide coaching, training and resources through our Program Quality Initiative to ensure that programs are more likely to observe positive outcomes for students. 

Throughout the Program Quality Initiative process, afterschool program sites work to address 74 national best practices for high quality out of school time programming alongside a Dallas Afterschool Quality Advisor.  These best practices are grouped into 10 Elements that serve as the primary indicators of a high quality program.  Sites that master all ten elements are recognized as “Certified” and considered High Quality by Dallas Afterschool. 


We provide myriad services to help our afterschool and summer clients improve the quality of their staff and programs, including:

  • AQuA, a web ­based best practices assessment tool;
  • Quality Advisors to provide onsite staff coaching;
  • Training workshops;
  • Student curriculum;
  • Program supplies;
  • And volunteers.

Dallas Afterschool offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for the afterschool field. Customized training is delivered on site, free of charge to Dallas Afterschool clients. Quarterly training workshops are also available to any afterschool or summer program provider.


Note: Organizations not currently partnered with Dallas Afterschool are welcome to attend trainings at $40 per participant and will be invoiced accordingly. 

Dallas Afterschool clients also benefit from our Lending Library. Clients may check out curriculum kits free of charge for use at their program sites. Developed by Dallas Afterschool, Wonder Kits contain the materials needed to run a hands-on engaging activity for up to 25 students. Wonder Kits also include easy to follow instructions, a how-to video and tips to make every project a learning opportunity for both activity leaders and students. 

Click here for the Partner catalog. 


AQuA (Afterschool Quality Advancement) contains research-based best practices for operating a high quality afterschool program. AQuA's best practices are grouped into the following categories:

Download the Ten Elements of Quality

Environment & Climate
Programming & Activities
Administration & Organization
Staffing & Professional Development
Linkages Between Day and Afterschool
Youth Participation & Engagement
Parent, Family, and Community Partnerships
Program Sustainability & Growth
Measuring Outcomes

Dallas Afterschool supports its clients in their efforts to master all of these quality elements. 

Already a Dallas Afterschool client? Log-in for access to the client portal where you can download the AQuA tool.

Not a client? Fill out a client-interest form.


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