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.