Take a moment to reflect back on your childhood. When the school bell rang for the day, what did you do? Did you go home to a trusted adult, who could help answer homework questions? Or were you enrolled in an afterschool sports or enrichment program?
DPS has more than 90,000 students, of which, a little over 13,000 are being served by afterschool programs supported by the DPS Foundation. With more than 70 percent of DPS students qualifying for free & reduced lunch, a key indicator of poverty, this means thousands of students are left without a structured, safe environment after school. Many students are going home to an empty house, without a healthy snack, or adequate adult supervision, and their chances of getting into trouble are increased.
Afterschool programs are more than just a safe place to spend a few hours. They are a critical supplement to school-day learning, providing additional instruction, enrichment and leadership development programs for students. Afterschool programs are a place for students to feel safe, have fun, and engage in enriching educational activities. With your help, quality afterschool programs can be available for more students!
The DPS Foundation supports Denver’s working families by providing safe, enriching and academically supportive afterschool programs for more than 13,000 students each year. Students enrolled in regular DPS afterschool programs exhibit better school attendance, lower suspension rates and higher median growth percentile points across reading, writing and math compared to their peers not enrolled in such programs.
- Research shows that afterschool programs can reduce barriers to youth success for students who are facing challenges such as low academic achievement, poverty and truancy.
- Students in afterschool programs have fewer behavioral problems, greater self-confidence, and can handle conflict better than students who are not enrolled in these programs.
- National studies show parents without regular afterschool care for their children miss eight more days of work per year than their peers whose children are in regular afterschool programs.
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Lights On After School
Lights On After School (LOAS) is a partnership between the DPS Foundation, Mile High United Way, and the City and County of Denver that provides funding to ensure the sustainability of quality, school-based afterschool programs that keep our student’s engaged in enriching learning experiences during the critical 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. hours. These programs provide a tremendous service for DPS students, families, and communities throughout Denver. LOAS funding allows community organizations to provide a wide range of programming at DPS elementary and middle schools including:
- art classes
- chess club
- computer classes
- foreign language courses
- college-prep classes
- mariachi band
- math tutoring
- and much more!