Get involved with afterschool: Apply for funding and get free resources

afterschool gardenWe can help you start, fund and sustain your school or community afterschool program with our quality programming and services.

Who are we? We are the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Expanded Learning, or CASE for Kids, a division of HCDE that supports and sustains afterschool programs and out-of-school time services for school-age youth.

CASE for Kids is leading two local initiatives to support providers of afterschool, child care and summer camp programs.  We’d like to invite you to apply for or attend these two out-of-school time opportunities:

City Connections:

City Connections is a grant for afterschool providers through the City of Houston in all 11 council districts.  The out-of-school time funding is intended to help fight juvenile crime and to promote child safety during the hours of 3-6 p.m. during the school year when parents are working and in the summertime. The funding is especially needed due to decreased state and federal funding streams which previously supported afterschool locally. CASE for Kids promotes and administers the City Connections program. Deadline for the final funding opportunity is April 6 and funds must be used by June 30, 2015.  Go to http://www.afterschoolzone.org under funding for more information.

CASE for Kids Opportunity Fair:

We provide free afterschool resources through several initiatives.  Our lending library supplies activities and principles for best practice in afterschool. We also provide professional development scholarships for trainings. Funding is also available to compliment current programming with additional activities for school-age youth. You can learn more by attending our free fair on March 27 at 6300 Irvington Blvd. in Houston, Texas. Hours are from 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. Call 713-696-1331 or email CASEForKids@hcde-texas.org to make reservations for this free event.

Need more information about CASE for Kids? We want to hear from you. Go to http://www.afterschoolzone.org or reply to our blog. We’d like to be inspired by what you’re planning to do through afterschool.

About the Blogger:

Dr. Lisa M. Thompson-Caruthers serves as director for the Center for Afterschool, Summer and Expanded Learning, or CASE for Kids. CASE for Kids provides leadership, training, technical support and grants management to over 70 afterschool programs serving over 8,000 youth. In her leisure time, Lisa spends time with her hubby and children mastering her social work “active listening” skills and honing her artistic talents. These include building monster trucks and princess carriages out of Legos.

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