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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Texas
How Texas is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School
Much More Work to Be Done
More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress
Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done
Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress
Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow
The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.
Afterschool in Texas
Texas has made good progress in afterschool availability for children and families, especially among high-need households. More than half of the state's afterschool participants (53 percent) qualify for reduced priced lunches. In addition, Texas parents are extremely satisfied with both the quality of care (85 percent) and the variety of activities offered (84 percent)in their children's afterschool programs. This combination of parent satisfaction and serving a high-need population-in addition to the newly-formed statewide afterschool network that will bring statewide leadership to afterschool-sets Texas up for further progress in ensuring afterschool opportunities for all. There is a rising number of kids in Texas who would participate in an afterschool program if one were available, and they are counting on future progress.
Growth in Afterschool Participation
For more on afterschool availability in Texas check out Texas After 3PM.
Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs
Percentage of Kids in Self Care
Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program
Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available
Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs
Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 102,766 students in Texas. However, that is only a small fraction of the 2,082,234 kids in Texas who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.
Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding
For an explanation of specific policy activities in Texas check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in Texas webpage.
- State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
- Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
- State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
- Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
- An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming
"Every child deserves a chance to succeed. As a former board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dallas, I have seen first-hand the difference after-school and outreach programs can make in the life of an at-risk child."
- Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senate
Advancements in Afterschool Leadership
To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in Texas check out Afterschool for All.
- Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
- Statewide Afterschool Network
- Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus
- State Representative Eric Johnson
- State Senator Kirk Watson
- Mayor Annise Parker, City of Houston
- Mayor Julian Castro, City of San Antonio
Afterschool Caucus Member(s):
Rep. Henry Cuellar
Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Rep. Charles Gonzalez
Rep. Al Green
Rep. Gene Green
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Consumer Guide: Texas
For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.
The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.
- The How to Find an Afterschool Program Guide offers tips to find the best afterschool options for your child.
The Afterschool Alliance has resources that describe what to look for in a quality afterschool program with a list of quality characteristics for programs serving each age group.
For the ambitious parent or community member, the Afterschool Alliance offers a guide on How to Start an Afterschool Program including links to various best practices, funding resources and child care guidelines.
- Texas has a host of resources to support families, program staff and employers in their pursuit of quality afterschool programs that are both available and affordable:
What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:
Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $591,921 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in Texas.
Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 413 programs in Texas participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.
Sign On: Currently, 339 people in Texas have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.
Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.