Our mission - Dallas AfterSchool Network improves the quality of afterschool and summer programs in our community.
Our vision - All students have access to quality afterschool and summer programs that promote their intellectual, emotional and creative development. As a result, our community benefits from successful students, safe neighborhoods, and the development of a qualified workforce for tomorrow.
Our History – The need for an intermediary organization like Dallas AfterSchool Network was identified through a research study entitled Today’s Children: Tomorrow’s Communities 2006 After-School Program Assessment. This research found that:
- There are approximately 2,200 afterschool providers in Dallas County but no unifying agency to facilitate communication, learning or information exchange between the agencies.
- Despite the large number of providers, Dallas County only has enough afterschool spots to serve 64% of the children who require afterschool care.
Janet Mockovciak, a Dallas Social Venture Partner, and Suzie Kiefer, co-founder of Heart House Dallas, a local afterschool provider, launched Dallas AfterSchool Network with a Town Hall Meeting presenting these research findings in April 2007.
Dallas AfterSchool Network's full-time employees, Terri Marini and Tanya McDonald, started with Dallas AfterSchool Network as volunteers from the time it was started. Both women became full-time employees in 2009.