Programs & Services

The Partnership Project

The Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids, CASE for Kids, a division of Harris County Department of Education, announces the CASE for Kids Partnership Project awards for out-of-school time programming in the 2019-2020 school year. The CASE for Kids Partnership Project is the result of collaboration between HCDE, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC), the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and awarded sites.  HCDE commits local funds to supplement comprehensive afterschool programming.

The goal of the Partnership Project is to provide supplemental funding to comprehensive afterschool programs to promote social and emotional learning skills and increased support of numeracy and literacy development for economically disadvantaged students between ages 4-12 or up to age 19 with a documented disability.  CASE for Kids will provide more than $550,000 to fund 25 projects in Harris County. Awarded sites will provide a comprehensive program and utilize funds as a supplemental resource to target students in need of academic assistance.

Click here to see a complete list of organizations receiving funding. 


 21st Century Community
Learning Centers 

CASE for Kids prepares collaborative grant applications with local school districts and public charters to leverage funds for quality afterschool programming. 

We are proud of our long-standing history of successful 21st Century Community Learning Centers awards managed initially at the federal level and currently by the Texas Education Agency.

Click here to see a complete a list of 21st Century Community Programs.

City Connections


CASE for Kids City Connections, funded directly by the City of Houston, supports organizations that address the need for youth services outside the school day. Projects funded by the CASE for Kids City Connections program are hosted from a variety of locations including schools, community centers, apartment complexes, churches, and virtual programs. Grants are designed to meet individual Houston city council district needs and provide prevention-based programming that addresses gaps in services to youth.

 CASE for Kids is accepting proposals for City Connections 2020-2021. Click here to access the Request for Proposals (RFP) Application

CASE for Kids Afterschool Strategic Investment (ASI)

CASE for Kids works with collaborators to invest in out-school-time and support overall program quality improvement through a partnership with Houston Galveston Area Council. Through a match certification program, public entities, foundations or organizations with access to public funds partner with CASE for Kids to certify funds dedicated to out-of-school time programming. In return, collaborators have the opportunity to access the following CASE for Kids’ resources and services:

  • Professional development
  • Materials & supplies for programming
  • Enrichment vendor placement
  • Student field experiences

All services are tailored to meet the needs of the partnering organization, based on the total amount of match dollars committed and identified need. The collaboration is formalized through a non-monetary interlocal agreement. CASE for Kids ASI collaborators for 2018-2019 are Alief ISD, Boys and Girls Club of Houston, Harris County Public Libraries, Precinct One and Precinct Two.


ASI Collaborator Eligibility Requirements

Public entities, foundations and community and faith-based nonprofit organizations that:

  • Serves students between the ages of 4 and 12 or up to 19 with a documented disability
  • Offers consistent out-of-school time programs and activities
  • Use public funds to provide out-of-school time programs and activities

The CASE ASI Program is the result of collaboration between HCDE, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC), the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Houston Endowment.

CASE Debates

CASE Debates is a new initiative by the Harris County Department of Education, Center for Afterschool Summer and Enrichment for Kids or CASE for Kids in partnership with the Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL). The goal of the CASE Debates project is to provide high school students across Harris County an opportunity to participate in debate activities that they would not otherwise be able to access.

Through CASE Debates, CASE for Kids strives to equip participating students with critical skills and empower them to become thoughtful leaders of their communities and society. Proficiencies and behaviors that competitive debate naturally fosters include public speaking, analysis, organization, research, teamwork, and critical thinking. Debate is also proven to improve students’ grade point average and literacy scores while increasing the likelihood of attendance and graduation.


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