A Message from Christina
We’re grateful for your support of Dallas Afterschool and our work to make afterschool and summer programming higher quality and more accessible for all families. Out-of-school time provides many benefits for children and families – from keeping kids safe, providing healthy meals, providing childcare for working parents, and supporting kids' educational and emotional growth. Dallas Afterschool exists to make it easier for our 180 partner afterschool and summer sites to have higher quality, safer, more engaging programs for the 14,000 children they serve.
This month, I wanted to share with you three areas where our staff is helping afterschool programs deliver even better results for kids: literacy, healthy living, and transportation. In our community, only 40% of third graders are reading on grade level. Third grade reading is strongly correlated to high school and college graduation and is the time when schools shift from learning to read to reading to learn. Afterschool and summer programs, with the right support, can play a key role in improving early literacy.
You can learn more about these efforts below. Please consider sponsoring a child in Tackle Summer Slide 2018. Your gift of $100 will provide personalized literacy coaching for six weeks this summer.
As always, we are so thankful for your interest and support in this important work.
CEO, Dallas Afterschool