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Afterschool Initiatives


After school programsA top priority for the Office of Children's Affairs is to streamline how city agencies, Denver public schools, and community organizations work together to better serve children and youth through out-of-school time (OST) programs that keep kids safe, help working families, strengthen student engagement and support student success.  

Learn more about our efforts below:



Denver Afterschool Alliance

Denver Afterschool Alliance logoThe Denver Afterschool Alliance, a sponsored initiative of the Office of Children's Affairs, is a diverse collaborative of afterschool stakeholders working together to ensure Denver youth have acess to quality afterschool programs and enrichment opportunities. 


Measure 2A Funding Support

In November 2012, Denver voters passed Measure 2A with overwhelming support. This funding will allow the City to restore essential services lost during the recession. Beginning in 2013, the Office of Children’s Affairs will fund up to $500,000 annually through a competitive grant process to increase access to and participation in quality afterschool and summer programs.  To learn more about the 2A awards, and for a list of current and past grant recipients, click here

Denver Quality After School Connection (DQUAC)

The Denver Quality Afterschool Connection (DQUAC)  is a network of youth service providers working together to promote the importance of quality out-of-school time programming through professional development opportunities and the sharing of best practices.  The Office of Children's Affairs serves on DQUAC's leadership team.   For more information, visit


Additional Resources

After School Program Provider Directory (PDF) - Download a resource directory of After School Program providers. 

National Publications -- Download national publications that feature Denver's Out of School Time efforts.

Briefs and Evaluations - Download briefs and evaluations for After School and Summer / Out of School Time (OST) programs.

Videos - Watch our videos to learn more about After School and Summer / Out of School Time (OST) programs.
Staff Contact Information

Maxine Quintana
Director of Afterschool Initiatives

Free Access for Students

MyDenver logo

With the MyDenver card, all Denver students ages 5 to 18 who are residents of Denver can enjoy free year-round access to the following: 

  • Denver Parks and Recreation centers
  • Swimming pools 
  • Pubic libraries 

Free access is made possible by the 2A Initiative supported by Denver voters in 2012.   

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