While you have been on summer vacation, we have been busy getting ready for what is sure to be a fantastic 2015-2016 school year.
Here is what we have been up to at Dallas Afterschool:
us meet our match! North Texas Giving
Day is September 17!
North Texas Giving Day is an online
giving event for people in North Texas to come together and raise as much money
possible for local nonprofits in the 16 county region around DFW. In just six
years, North Texas Giving Day has helped raised more than $86 million for over
1,580 North Texas nonprofits.
This year, Dallas Afterschool is
pleased to announce an anonymous donor has graciously extended an offer
to match all North Texas Giving Day donations, dollar for
dollar, up to $25,000. Your gift will help North Texas youth expand their
educational hours, encourage active learning after the school day ends and make
after school better for over 9,000 Dallas students. Consider
doubling your impact by helping at-risk youth stay safe during out of school
time by giving online September 17th. Help us reach our $25,000 goal!
Find Afterschool Dallas Launches to Rave Reviews
FindAfterschoolDallas.com is a one-of-a-kind new search tool created by Dallas Afterschool and powered by Dallas Women’s Foundation, which helps families find reliable before and after school child care programs in Dallas County.
The vision for the tool was realized through a grant of $100,000 from the Child Care Access Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation and provides families with the ability to search from more than 500 after school, before school and summer child care programs in Dallas County. Programs can be searched by zip code, program type and grade level, in English and Spanish. Dallas Afterschool is extending their commitment of equipping programs to reach high quality by offering listed sites free staff professional development workshops quarterly. Be sure to check out FindAfterschoolDallas.com for your out of school time child care needs!
Thousands Attend the Mayor’s
Back to School Fair
Over 30,000 people
visited the Mayor’s Back to School Fair on August 7, and the Dallas Afterschool
team was on site to help parents explore their child care options. With iPads on hand to demo the new
FindDallasAfterschool.com website, parents searched for programs that fit their
child care needs, with many finding sites in their neighborhoods that they
didn’t even know existed. To help spread the word about
FindDallasAfterschool.com, the DAS team also passed out information fliers in
English and Spanish.
Executives in Action
Grant Partners with DAS
We are pleased to
announce that Dallas Afterschool has received an Executives In Action (EIA)
service grant in June. EIA partners North Texas nonprofit grant recipients with
seasoned executives in the midst of shifting careers with specialized skill
sets. The goal of the grant partnerships is that a transformational impact will
be made on the organization, the members it serves, the executive volunteers
and the community as a whole to help address business management.
Through this grant, EIA
will equip Dallas Afterschool in setting up the logistics and fulfillment
process for a new social venture, Wonder KitsTM, with a projected reach of over
10,000 students in North Texas afterschool and summer programs by next year. Wonder
Kits are active learning resources that create fun, hands-on learning
experiences for up to 25 students. Wonder KitsTM are currently only available to
Dallas Afterschool partner sites as a complimentary part of the Program Quality
Initiative. With EIA’s help, Wonder KitsTM will be made available to childcare
providers throughout the United States.