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Fort Worth SPARC is a collaborative effort between the City of Fort Worth, FWISD, other area independent school districts, area after-school providers and prominent community leaders.

Thousands of children and teens of working parents across Tarrant County are left home alone after school or in the summer. The City of Fort Worth is teaming with local school districts, community leaders and after-school providers to Strengthen after-school Programs through Advocacy, Resources and Collaboration. “SPARC” is setting standards for after-school programs and making them available to parents and children across the area.

According to a 2011 census report, one in nine American students ages 5 to 14 are latchkey students. Some 4.5 million children were alone for an average of 6.5 hours every week in 2011, the latest year for which figures are available.

 

Latest News & Information

Fort Worth SPARC Convenes With Other Grant Recipients

Fort Worth SPARC Convenes With Other Grant Recipients

The Fort Worth SPARC team, Jim Williamson, Judy Pérez and Sheri Endsley, recently returned from the National League of Cities Cross Site meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they met with representatives from nine cities that are also recipients of The Wallace Foundation Grant to support Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs in a nationwide effort.

Judy Pérez Hired as Director of Programs

Fort Worth SPARC has been engaged in the recruitment and selection process for a program director and recently, the hiring committee made a selection. Judy Pérez will join Fort Worth SPARC on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

First SPARC EXPO a Success

More than 50 of the Greater Fort Worth area's providers of afterschool and summer youth programs gathered together at the first SPARC EXPO on Feb. 27, 2013 at the R.D. Evans Community Center. The EXPO was held to serve as a benchmark meeting among providers to share information, network with one another, and to get a “bird’s eye view” of the provider network in Fort Worth.