As the school year gets started again, parents may need to find an after school program that best suits their children’s needs, and in the Dallas area there are many options. Here are a few to consider:
Dallas Recreation Centers
After school programs are offered at 35 Recreation Centers across Dallas, and transportation is provided at select sites. All programs run from 3-6 pm, and rates vary depending on location. The program includes a healthy snack, homework assistance; along with other activities such as art, sports and games. Find more information here.
Dallas City Libraries
All library locations will provide a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) programs, geared toward elementary school kids. 15 Locations will serve a Super Snack to kids and teens 18 and under, provided by Equal Heart. Check with your local branch. Find more information on the library’s website.
Community Development Block Grant programs at DISD and Rec Centers
The Community Development Block Grant is money provided by the federal government to the City of Dallas. Using a portion of this grant, the Park and Recreation Department can provide free after school programs for qualified children at 20 DISD schools and four rec centers. Children must be between ages 6-12, be a Dallas resident and be enrolled at a participating school to qualify. Preference for registration is given to low income and single female head of households.
Participating DISD schools:
John Q. Adams Elementary
Harrell Budd Elementary
David G. Burnet Elementary
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Nancy. J. Cochran Elementary
Lelia P. Cowart Elementary
Highland Meadows Elementary
Lida Hooe Elementary
L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary
Louise W. Kahn Elementary
Edwin J. Kiest Elementary
Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary
B.H. Macon Elementary
John W. Runyon Elementary
Clinton Russell Elementary
Julian T. Saldivar Elementary
Ascher Silberstein Elementary
Martin Weiss Elementary
Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary
Participating rec centers:
Janie C. Turner
John C. Phelps
DISD YMCA Programs
YMCA after school programs are offered on campus at 11 DISD elementary schools. All programs run from the time school is dismissed until 6:30 p.m., and rates vary depending on location.
Participating rec centers:
Robert E. Lee
Five DISD elementary schools will transport to Park South YMCA for the after school program. Participating schools:
Martin Luther King
St. Philip’s School and Community Center
Founded in 2007 as a nonprofit, Dallas Afterschool’s mission is to improve the quality of afterschool and summer programs in our community. Working with 400 staff members at 120 sites throughout the Dallas community, Dallas Afterschool informs, trains, supports and evaluates programs collectively serving 9,000 K-12 grade students.
Wonder Kits started in 2012 after Dallas Afterschool gathered feedback from partner sites about the challenges of implementing larger curriculum in an out of school time setting. The main issues programs faced were:
• Lack of time for part-time staff to learn and prep new complicated activities
• Use of rotating volunteers who wanted to lead activities, but were intimidated by bulky curriculum plans
• Limited time to do hands-on activities in addition to facilitating traditional program offerings like homework help
In response, Dallas Afterschool created and designed Wonder Kits to fit the challenges and needs of flexible learning environments like after school programs. Powered by curiosity, Wonder Kits are ready to ignite a love of learning with only 10 minutes of prep time. Wonder Kits contain materials needed to run a hands-on, engaging activity for up to 25 students and feature easy to follow instructions, a how-to video and tips to make every project a learning opportunity for both activity leaders and students.
Through the generous support of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Fluor, Dallas Afterschool is expanding Wonder Kits to inspire more children during out of school time with hands-on learning opportunities. By ordering a Wonder Kit, you are playing a vital role in giving children across Texas, and beyond, access to informal STEM, Language Arts, and Arts. Thank you for helping Dallas Afterschool make out of school time better!
Wonder Kits are assembled by clients of Citizens Development Center. Dallas Afterschool is proud to partner with Citizens Development Center, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, work-training center and employment placement organization for adults with intellectual, mental health and/or physical disabilities. Their mission is to empower men and women to achieve their highest level of independence and employment. Your purchase will help two nonprofit agencies provide job training to adults and hands-on learning activities to low-income children in North Texas. Together, we make a difference!