Understanding Afterschool Programs in Dallas County

To understand the landscape of afterschool programs we assessed two components: the existing afterschool environment (supply) and high need neighborhood characteristics (demand).

Existing Afterschool Environment

There is a greater supply of programs in Dallas compared to the surrounding cities. Furthermore, the majority of afterschool programming takes place either in a school or a child care center. In conjunction they make up 87.7% of all available afterschool seats across Dallas County.

Facility Type Total Programs Seat Capacity Average Seats Percent of Seats
Not Available 16 1,752 110 2.1%
Apartment Complex 7 207 30 0.2%
Child Care Center 370 45,373 123 53.5%
Community Center/Nonprofit 55 4,841 88 5.7%
Faith Community 20 2,058 103 2.4%
Municipal Building 35 1,559 45 1.8%
School 380 29,045 76 34.2%

Programs in Dallas County

High Need Neighborhood Conditions

We understand that the need for afterschool programs in any given neighborhood will vary based on the demographic characteristics of local families and children. To assess where additional programming may have the greatest impact, we identified a number of characteristics for residents who may benefit the most from free or low-cost afterschool programming for their children.

Metrics related to food insecurity, parental commute, single parent households, households facing unemployment, and the child poverty rate were identified as priority characteristics by Dallas Afterschool.