Afterschool Professionals Week: Celebrating the heart of afterschool

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April 25, 2016 by HCDE Communications

IMG_7445_webAn estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs across the nation each year. Today, afterschool programs are viewed as more than just childcare, as they provide enhanced education in STEM, literacy, arts, health and wellness and more.

April 25-29 is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, which celebrates the heart of afterschool by recognizing those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. Join HCDE this week to thank the afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of Harris County children by:

  • Creating hand-written cards from you and/or your child;
  • Sending a ‘thank you’ email to your afterschool staff;
  • Creating fun, handmade signs for your child’s afterschool location; or
  • Bringing treats for the staff at your afterschool program.

To learn more about out-of-school time services offered by HCDE’s Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment (CASE) for Kids, visit

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