Afterschool in Texas

Facts & Research

  • In Texas, 26% (1,167,862) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Texas children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 51% (1,692,279) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 91% of parents in Texas are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 15% (678,989) of Texas's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 106,207 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in Texas, refer to the Afterschool in Texas Fact Sheet.

Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in Texas.

State Policy and Funding

The Texas Workforce Commission is the lead agency that administers the state's Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) activities and services through 28 local workforce development boards. Texas is one of only five states that use privately donated funds (secured by the development boards) to meet a part of their CCDF matching requirement. In addition, 18 boards have local match contracts for afterschool child care with a total of 73 independent school districts across the state, including Austin, Dallas and El Paso. For a list of participating boards and school districts, contact the Texas Workforce Commission: http://www.twc.state.tx.us.

Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program?

Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.

Texas received $338 million through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIGs) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. ARRA-SIG grants are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 federal budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

The state's IDEA Public Schools also received a $4.9 million development grant as part of the Invest in Innovation (i3) program.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates: http://www.txpost.org/#!

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight Texas's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in Texas:

I have been involved with education issues for almost 30 years. This experience has strongly reinforced for me that all children, regardless of income level or race have the same potential for high achievement when provided appropriate opportunities. Thus, our goal must be to support the development of quality afterschool programs for all children, but especially those in low-income communities.

Ruben Hinojosa
U.S. House of Representatives (15th)

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America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.

From Clarissa King's Afterschool Story:

ANYTHING WORTH HAVING DOESN'T COME EASY AND IF ITS WORTH HAVING TO YOU YOUR HEART AND PASSION SHOULD BE BIGGER THAN ANY FEARS AND OBSTACLES YOU WILL HAVE TO OVERCOME.

Read more from Clarissa King's Afterschool Story

From Nicole Tanner's Afterschool Story:

At ASPIRE, I get to do things that I can't do at school like draw and paint and I can see my friends that I don't get to see at school.

Read more from Nicole Tanner's Afterschool Story

From Bianca Bailey's Afterschool Story:

The most fulfilling part of my time at Girls Inc was learning that I have the power to create any type of future I want for myself though hard work, dedication, professionalism, the right guidance and self-evaluation.

Read more from Bianca Bailey's Afterschool Story

From Yovanna Ortiz's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Read more from Yovanna Ortiz's Afterschool Story

From Lyndel Biggs's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Read more from Lyndel Biggs's Afterschool Story

From Samantha Lang's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Read more from Samantha Lang's Afterschool Story

From Ashley Sizemore's Afterschool Story:

This youth advocate created this pamphlet at the Afterschool for All Challenge to communicate a personal advocacy message across platforms. It was originally designed to be used as a leave-behind during meetings with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Read more from Ashley Sizemore's Afterschool Story

From Tamara Hudgins's Afterschool Story:

Girlstart includes a parent component to our programs because we find that it is key to retention. When parents recognize the importance of STEM not only for their daughters education, but also for her future, they see the value of our work.

Read more from Tamara Hudgins's Afterschool Story

From Felix Sanchez's Afterschool Story:

I got the idea for the poster from everything we do in my afterschool program, which includes learning and playing and drawing. I hope that this poster will inspire more kids to participate in afterschool programs.

Read more from Felix Sanchez's Afterschool Story

From Sumaya Saati's Afterschool Story:

Technology is an effective medium to integrate STEM – teachers can integrate content from science lessons, engineering concepts and math principles by using technology-centered programs.

Read more from Sumaya Saati's Afterschool Story

Afterschool Champions

Texas has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from Texas participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

House Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

House Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

House Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)

House Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)

House Rep. Al Green (D-TX)

House Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in Texas:

Former Chief of Police Jerry Neal, Amarillo, TX (1981-2007)

Former Mayor William White, Houston, TX (2004-2010)

Harris County Department of Education, Houston, TX

Mad Science of El Paso, El Paso, TX

Texas Instruments

Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout Texas. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador Emeritus:
TANYA McDONALD
Dallas Afterschool Network
P.O. Box 603051
Dallas, TX 75360
214-306-8400 x802
tmcdonald@dasn.org

Ambassador Emeritus:
SUE MATKIN
Community Development Division
United Way of Tarrant County
P.O. Box 4448
Fort Worth, TX 817-258-8083
sue.matkin@unitedwaytarrant.org

Ambassador Emeritus:
ANNA LAND
The BeHive USA and Central Texas Afterschool Network
8815 Silverarrow Circle
Austin, TX 78759
512-826-3398
anna@hearthouse.org

Ambassador Emeritus:
MIGUEL GARCIA
Fort Worth After School
2901 Shotts Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
817-871-3192
Miguel.Garcia24@fwisd.org

Ambassador Emeritus:
SHANNON BISHOP
Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz Street
Houston, TX 77004
713-522-1138
bishop_shannon@yahoo.com

State Contact

Molly Clayton
Executive Director
Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST)
P.O. Box 2687
Austin, TX 78768
512-605-0101
molly@txpost.org
http://www.txpost.org/