Dallas AfterSchool Network does not serve children directly. Instead, they inform, train, support and evaluate afterschool sites that serve low-income youth in our community. Their goal is to help local afterschool sites achieve national quality standards for the benefit of the children they serve.
Their Program Quality Initiative defines a path for quality improvement by advancing sites from their current level of quality through a series of benchmarked increments (“tiers”) of quality performance, to eventually be in a position to achieve a Certificate of Program Quality. They provide myriad services to help afterschool and summer sites improve the quality of their staff and programs, including: AQuA, a web-based self-assessment tool; Quality Advisors to provide onsite staff coaching; training workshops; curriculum; program supplies; and volunteers, AmeriCorps members and VISTA members.
Research proves that only high quality afterschool programs achieve positive youth outcomes. Students who attend low-quality or average-quality programs show no difference in academic, social or emotional outcomes than students who attend no program at all. (ChildTrends, August 2010.)
Their primary focus is free or low-cost sites serving low-income children in Dallas County. They currently support more than 100 afterschool sites that collectively serve 12,000+ low-income K – 12th grade students.