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Afterschool programs help students SUCCEED! Better attendance. Better academic performance. On track to graduate.


Quality afterschool programs have a measureable impact.

Research shows that students enrolled in high-quality afterschool programs attend school more often, do better in school – particularly in math – and stay on track to graduate. They also report increased confidence, a strong connection to their school and trusted relationships with program providers who offer support and advice.

The Denver Afterschool Alliance exists to make high-quality afterschool programs available to more students.

The Denver Afterschool Alliance helps youth succeed by connecting program providers school and city officials to increase access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs citywide. Together, we’re stronger and our impact is greater. The work of the Denver Afterschool Alliance leads to quality afterschool and summer programs that improve students’ academic and personal growth, as well as instructors’ professional development. Learn more about the Denver Afterschool Alliance.

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Afterschool experiences increase academic outcomes

Resources and Training for Providers

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The Denver Afterschool Alliance offers a myriad of tools, resources and professional development opportunities to afterschool providers. Learn more.

Our Partners and Supporters

The Denver Afterschool Alliance works in deep partnership with many generous supporters and funders, and arm-in-arm alongside quality afterschool program providers.


Launched in 2012, thanks to a grant from The Wallace Foundation and other local foundations, 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. Learn more about the Denver Afterschool Alliance.

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.

    Board Members

    • Erin Brown - Executive Director, Office of Children's Affairs (CHAIR)
    • Jolon Clark - Council Representative District 7, City & County of Denver
    • Genia Herndon - Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado – Denver
    • Rebecca Holmes - President & CEO, Colorado Education Initiative
    • Tina Martinez - Director of Partnerships and Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
    • Lisa Montagu - Director of Health & Education, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments
    • Khanh Nguyen - Portfolio Director - Healthy Living, Colorado Health Foundation
    • Sarah Park - Chief Development Officer, Big Picture Learning
    • Lisa Roy - Executive Director Early Education, Denver Public Schools
    • Kim Schulz - Executive Director, YMCA of Metropolitan Denver
    • Ginger White - Deputy Director, Denver Arts & Venues

    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

    Additional Team Members

    • Laura Cornwell - Afterschool Supports Coordinator, DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • Heather Intres - Director of Strategy DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • John Lewis - Data and Quality Coordinator DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • Daniel Read - Senior Research Analyst DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • Amy Rini - Quality Coach Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver
    • Brittaney Robinson – Quality Coach Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
    • Carol Schneider – Community Partnership Manager, DPS Extended Learning and Community Schools
    • Chanin Strassburger – Quality Coach Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

By the Numbers: Denver Afterschool Alliance impact in the 2015 - 2016 school year

  • 15,000 students’ lives were impacted by our work
  • 50 afterschool and summer sites worked with our quality programs
  • 1,600 sites run by 400 organizations citywide were mapped via the Program Locator Tool

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!  

The Status of Denver's Children

What is the need for afterschool? Learn more about the families and children Denver strives to serve with programs like the Denver Afterschool Alliance. Learn more.

Afterschool Programs and DPS' Denver Plan

Learn how afterschool and summer programs support the five goals of DPS’ strategic plan, the Denver Plan 2020, helping Every Child Succeed. Learn more.


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Staff Contact

Maxine Quintana
Director of Afterschool Initiatives
720-913-0905 | email me