We are thrilled to announce that after two years of hard work, BridgeBuilders’ After-School program has received official recognition from Dallas Afterschool as a “Certified” After-School program. According to Dallas Afterschool, our approval was achieved in record time!
Research overwhelmingly shows that quality afterschool programs can increase academic scores, social-emotional skills, attendance in school, and reduce negative behaviors. Dallas Afterschool works with afterschool and summer program sites each year to provide coaching, training and resources through their Program Quality Initiative. This ensures that programs are more likely to realize positive outcomes for their students, an objective that we relentlessly pursue!
Throughout the Program Quality Initiative process, we worked with a Dallas Afterschool Quality Advisor to address and/or implement 116 nationally-recognized best practices for high quality after-school programming. These best practices were grouped into 10 Elements that serve as the primary indicators of a high-quality program. Only by mastering all ten elements are programs recognized as “Certified” and considered High Quality by Dallas Afterschool.
We are so very grateful to the team at Dallas Afterschool, they provided invaluable support and resources that will ensure that the children of Bonton receive the finest after-school support available. We also want to recognize Yasmine Lockett, our Dallas Afterschool Advisor who was, according to our KIDS staff, “an incredible help throughout this long and challenging process!” In her congratulatory note she wrote, “The city of Dallas should be grateful to have a program like yours!” We think they should be too!