Starting a Program

TXPOST receives inquiries from across the state about starting a program or adding to an existing program on a daily basis. We encourage you to use these resources and invite you to connect with one of the many Regional Networks and system-building efforts across the state to learn more.

General Resources

These are some general resources on planning and starting an afterschool or summer program.

The United Way Out-Of-School Time Toolkit will connect you with general guidance, tools, templates, and additional resources related to developing and deepening an Out-of-School Time system.

FindYouthInfo highlights federal resources for a variety of topics on youth development including afterschool programs.

The Afterschool Alliance lists several program start-up guides as well as many other resources on the field of out of school time.

The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth offers a step by step guide with accompanying videos.

The National Summer Learning Association offers many resources specific to starting summer programs.

Program Design & Quality

TXPOST has published a set of Texas Program Quality Standards for School-Age Programs. We encourage use in developing and implementing a high-quality program.

The National Institute of Out of School Time has resources, evaluation tools and research about quality in the out of school time space.

The Harvard Family Resource Project has multiple program examples and a comprehensive research bibliography.

If you are interested in adding Design Thinking to your program, the organization Design for Change works with afterschool and summer programs.

Licensing and Regulation

TXPOST encourages anyone interested in starting a program to learn more about licensing regulations in the state of Texas.

Licensed programs can apply for the Texas Rising Star program which supports quality programming for youth ages 0-12, including school age care.

Funding Your Program

The Wallace Foundation has developed a cost calculator which can assist in developing a program budget.

The Foundation Center has a database of foundations and information on grant writing and fundraising.

ExpandEd Schools by TASC has a searchable database of funding opportunities.

*For additional information please visit TXPOST’s resources on Funding and Sustainability.