Welcome to the Afterschool Zone

The Afterschool Zone is the virtual meeting place to share resources, know-how and innovative ideas. CASE for Kids uses the web site to update the community about funding opportunities, highlight model projects and connect the community with after-school activities all across Harris county. This on-line interactive resource allows parents, providers, after-school programs, students and the community an opportunity to connect during out-of-school time.

COVID-19 update: CASE For Kids, a division of HCDE, is now back in the office. Please call prior to coming in. 

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We are excited to promote the Houston Urban Debate Leagues (HUDL) participation in the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) new public-debate event "I RESOLVE."  The public debate will feature students from Spring ISD and Houston ISD, who participate in the Harris County Department of Education’s, CASE for Kids, CASE Debates program and Houston ISD’s HUDL program.  
During the event students will debate on-one-on and have discussions around the policy debate topic: criminal justice reform. Also, joining the debaters as scheduled panelist during the Q&A session is Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez; Elizabeth Santos, HISD Board of Education Trustee; Professor Gary Bledsoe, former Dean of the TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law; Barbara Radnofsky, lawyer, debater, and former nominee for the U.S. Senate; and Nickolas Spencer, Managing Attorney of Spencer & Associates, PLLC.
The event will take place on Monday, November 16, 2020 via live stream on Hopin https://hopin.to/events/i-resolve-houston from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The event is free and open to anyone who registers. Please feel free to promote this event to others.

The Making Afterschool Cool Podcast is an essential part of the CASE for Kids' push to increase the awareness of resources that improve quality in the afterschool and out-of-school time field. Join Mike Wilson and field experts as they discuss best practices, the growth mindset, project-based learning, social emotional learning, restorative practices and student engagement all with afterschool providers in mind!

About HCDE

HCDE is a unique, educational hybrid serving school districts, governmental agencies, nonprofits and the public in the third-largest county in the U.S. HCDE annually serves a quarter-million students and educators through schools for students with profound special needs; the largest adult education program in Texas; Head Start early childhood education; school-based therapy services; and afterschool programs. Educator professional development and certification, school safety, records management, and a purchasing cooperative are also provided. #SeeTheImpact at https://www.hcde-texas.org

About CASE for Kids

As an afterschool intermediary, CASE for Kids provides resources, trainings and funding for students in grades pre-k through 12 in afterschool programs in schools, child care facilities and community centers. As a branch of Harris County Department of Education, the division was founded in 1999 with a goal to keep kids safe, help working families and improve academic achievement. More at https://hcde-texas.org/afterschool-zone/

Our Mission

Strengthen, support, and sustain afterschool programs and out-of-school time activities.

Our Vision

A connected community investing in opportunities for youth.