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Lights On After School

Boy Playing ChessThe Lights on After School (LOAS) Initiative, is a partnership between the Office of Children's Affairs, Denver Public Schools Foundation, and Mile High United Way, working closely with the Denver Public Schools Department of Extended Learning and Community Schools to leverage resources to support quality after school programs within Denver Public Schools.    

LOAS was designed to fill gaps in after school programming, meeting unmet student need by enhancing after school opportunities where services are scarce.  Over the past seven years, many schools, working with community-based partners, have used LOAS funds to build their programs into a well-designed after school environment for their students.      

Programs blend:

  • athletics
  • arts
  • academics
  • tutoring
  • leadership development
  • technology

      LOAS funds programs through several channels, including:

      •  a competitive grant process in the spring, open to DPS elementary and middle schools with 70% or higher free/reduced lunch rates.
      • dedicated donations/grants for specific sites, neighborhood centers or programs, such as Denver CAMP  
      • capacity building dollars for evaluation and training to improve quality programming
      Staff Contact Information
      Maxine Quintana
      Director of OST Initiatives

      Additional Resources

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

      National Publiciations -- 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.