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Yep, IT'S A FACT! Consistent participation in high-quality afterschool programs lead to improved outcomes for children.


Here to improve quality and increase access.

The Denver Afterschool Alliance supports every Denver afterschool provider through tools and resources to help improve program quality and measure outcomes. We unite the voices and ideas of city and school officials, providers, funders, family members and students to plan for and deliver impacts that result in positive outcomes for children. Our main goals are to continuously improve and expand high-quality afterschool experiences and increase access for all children so they can succeed and Denver can thrive!
Learn more about the Denver Afterschool Alliance.

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From 3-6 p.m., 11.3 million kids are alone and unsupervised


Work to create learning opportunities for students


Afterschool experiences increase academic outcomes


Launched in 2012, thanks to a grant from The Wallace Foudation and other local foudations, the Denver Afterschool Alliance is a diverse collaborative of stakeholders including the City and County of Denver, Denver Public Schools and many of Denver's community-based and funding organizations.
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Our Vision
All Denver youth will achieve success now and in the future through active participation in diverse, quality afterschool programs.

Our Mission
To develop a sustainable, citywide afterschool system to increase access to and participation in quality afterschool programs for all Denver's youth in order to keep kids safe, inspire kids to learn and prepare them for the future.

Our Team
The Denver Afterschool Alliance is a diverse collaborative of afterschool stakeholders working together to ensure Denver's youth has access to quality afterschool programs and enrichment opportunities.

        Core Staff Members

Maxine Quintana, Director of OST Initiatives, Office of Children’s Affairs
Regan Suhay, Director of Program Strategy, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
        Kristina Saccone, Fund Relations Consultant, Office of Children’s Affairs

        Board MembersAdditional Team Members

The Denver Afterschool Alliance has supported over 280 afterschool programs, and continues to make a positive impact in the lives of Denver’s Youth!

Successes for 2014-2015

  • Trained 500+ youth development staff; topics ranged from safety measures to quality improvement and how to use data to tell your story
  • Provided in-depth coaching and support to 44 sites, allowing them to implement a nationally recognized system to improve program quality
  • Conducted a shared evaluation of 18 sites looking at program impact on youth’s academic engagement, program participation and character development
  • Mapped more than 900 sites where afterschool programs are taking place, sharing this information with the public so any parent, teacher, youth, or interested person can find the right program for their needs
  • Convened dozens of key stakeholders and Denver leaders to engage in conversation and planning on how to strengthen the afterschool field, provide more opportunities for youth and families to participate, and to move the work forward. Check out our Board and Staff Team and our Partners and Supports section to see who is involved

The Denver Afterschool Alliance is working intensively with fourteen afterschool organizations at nine program sites to build capacity in the areas of quality improvement, data-driven decision making, partnerships and collaboration. The focus of the project is to develop afterschool programs that lead to improved outcomes for youth.

Learn more about the project and our site partners!

Denver stands out as a national model for multisector partnerships, proponents of quality in action, robust evaluation efforts of targeted programs and cutting edge work both in practice and policy.

Our work has gained recognition from well-known and respected organizatins such as:

  • The Wallace Foundation
  • The National Leagues of Cities
  • Every Hour Counts

Our professional team members have traveled throughout the United States to facilitate and lead seminars at various national conferences to deepen the work locally and nationally.

Students spend significantly more time out of school than they do in the classrooms. It’s more important than ever that our afterschool programs build off the work happening during the school day. That’s why the Denver Afterschool Alliance developed a tool to show how afterschool programs support each of the five goals of the Denver Plan 2020 – Denver Public Schools’ strategic plan.


Learn how afterschool programs support our shared goal of ensuring every child succeeds!  

Resources and Training for Providers

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Support Afterschool Programs in Denver

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