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OH, HERE.

IT'S ALRIGHT.

GOOD

[City/AISD/County Joint Subcommittee on April 1, 2024]

AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

THANK YOU.

WELCOME TO A ISD.

GREAT TO SEE SO MANY, UH, FAMILIAR FACES HERE TODAY.

UH, SO WELCOME TO THE A ISD BOARD AUDITORIUM FOR THE JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE.

UH, TODAY'S MEETING IS BEING BROADCAST LIVE ON A ISD TV CHANNEL 22 ON SPECTRUM AND CHANNEL 99 ON AT T UVERSE.

SO AS THE BOARD PRESIDENT FOR AUSTIN, ISD, I WILL SERVE AS TODAY'S PRESIDING OFFICER.

UH, I'LL CALL THE MEETING OF THE JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE TO ORDER AT 11:52 AM SO I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW THAT THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ARE PRESENT.

UM, IF YOU ARE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL AND YOU'RE HERE, PLEASE, UM, STATE YOUR NAME AND POSITION.

ALISON ALTAR COUNCIL MEMBER DISTRICT 10 AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL BRIDGED SHADE.

TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRECINCT TWO.

AND I'M RYAN AL, ALTER AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT FIVE.

AND ON ZOOM WE HAVE TRUSTEE , DISTRICT TWO.

THANK YOU.

SO WE WILL, UM, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT TODAY, SO WE WILL JUST MOVE RIGHT IN.

SO, UH, THE FIRST ITEM IS, UH, TO APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES FOR JANUARY 22ND.

UH, AND YOU'LL SEE THOSE MINUTES ARE IN YOUR BINDERS APPROVAL.

YES.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE.

AND A SECOND.

SO A MOTION FROM BRIDGET SHAY AND A SECOND FROM ALISON ALTER, UM, I GUESS WE SHOULD CALL IT TO VOTE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALL RIGHT.

THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK YOU.

SO NEXT ON THE AGENDA IS AFTERSCHOOL CARE.

UM, THERE IS ALSO A WRITTEN REPORT IN YOUR PACKET.

TRAVIS COUNTY WILL, UH, PROVIDE A REPORT ON AFTERSCHOOL CARE AT OUR JUNE MEETING, AND WE'VE SET ASIDE 30 MINUTES FOR THE PRESENTATION AND QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, UH, FOR TODAY.

SO THERE ARE WRITTEN MATERIALS IN YOUR NOTEBOOK, AND TODAY WE HAVE, UM, SOME REALLY TALENTED AFTERSCHOOL FOLKS.

HERE WE HAVE JEREMY, UM, MARRELL, DID I PRONOUNCE THAT CORRECTLY? YES.

OKAY.

UM, FROM A ISD AND KIMBERLY MCNEELY, UM, FROM OUR AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION PRESENTING.

SO, WELCOME AND WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

HI, MY NAME IS JEREMY MARRAL.

I'M THE DIRECTOR FOR THE A ISD THIRD BASE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM.

AND I'M HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT, UM, KIND OF THE DIRECTION OUR PROGRAM IS HEADED.

NOPE.

NOPE, WE'RE NOT.

I'M, I'M NO BETTER.

WE'RE NOT MOVING.

UM, THE A SD AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM HAS BEEN IN AUSTIN FOR OVER 25 YEARS.

UM, AT ITS PEAK, PREVIOUS TO THIS YEAR WAS AT SEVEN ELEMENTARY LOCATIONS.

UM, AFTER THE PANDEMIC, THE UM, PROGRAM SAW A DECREASE IN ENROLLMENT, UM, TO AROUND A HUNDRED STUDENTS AT FIVE CAMPUSES.

UM, THE DISTRICT RECENTLY MADE A COMMITMENT TO REVITALIZE THE PROGRAM AND EXPAND TO ALL OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUSES WITHIN ITS BOUNDARIES.

UM, AND WE DECIDED TO DO THIS IN THREE PHASES.

UM, PHASE ONE, UM, UH, WILL OCCUR DURING THE 2324 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH IS THE ONE WE'RE CURRENTLY IN, UM, WHICH IS AT 24 LOCATIONS.

PHASE TWO, WHICH WILL BE 24 25, IS GONNA EXPAND TO 16 MORE LOCATIONS.

AND THEN IN PHASE THREE, UM, DURING THE 25 26 LOCA, UM, SCHOOL YEAR, WE WILL EXPAND TO 38 LOCATIONS.

UM, THOSE LOCATIONS ARE DETAILED IN YOUR, UH, PACKETS.

UM, THE TUITION RATE COMPARISON FOR THE A SD THIRD BASE PROGRAM, UM, WE ARE THE CHEAPEST PROGRAM PROVIDER IN OUR DISTRICT.

UM, CURRENTLY IT'S $275 PER MONTH, UM, COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHER PROVIDERS THAT ARE IN OUR CURRENT CAMPUSES.

UM, WE ALSO, SINCE WE'RE A LICENSED PROGRAM, ARE ABLE TO ACCEPT SOME TUITION ASSISTANCE AND SUBSIDIES FOR OUR, UM, STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, UM, FROM WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, CITY OF AUSTIN CHILDCARE, AWARE OF AMERICA A CC, AND WE HAVE OUR OWN THIRD BASE AFTERSCHOOL FINANCIAL AID ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AS WELL.

UM, SUMMER CAMP, WE ARE RUNNING FOUR SUMMER CAMPS THIS SUMMER, EXPANDING FROM TWO, FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

WE HAVE INCREASED THE CAPACITY FROM 100 TO 400 STUDENTS.

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UM, AND THE INCREASE THE NUMBER OF WEEKS OFFERED THIS SUMMER FROM SEVEN TO 10.

UM, WE CURRENTLY HAVE TWO SUMMER CAMPS THAT ARE FULL AND ON WAITING LISTS, AND WE HAVE TWO MORE THAT ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING REGISTRATION.

AND THAT IS THE END OF THE PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

UM, DO WE HAVE, UH, SO LET'S OPEN THIS UP TO DISCUSSION.

UM, SO FOLKS, Y'ALL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER ILIAN, WELCOME.

SO THANK YOU.

UM, YOU, YOU LAID OUT SOME OF YOUR CAPACITY ISSUES FOR US, SO UP, ALL RIGHT, SO NOW I AM RARELY ASKED TO TALK LOUDER, .

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

BUT, UM, I'M, I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT I UNDERSTAND YOUR EXISTING CAPACITY ISSUES.

I THINK YOU'VE LAID OUT GOOD INFORMATION FOR US.

I'M INTERESTED IN THE, UH, THE NEED ISSUES AS WELL.

UH, NOT ONLY THE CAPACITY THAT YOU HAVE ON CAMPUS, HOW MANY YOU'RE SERVING, BUT HOW MANY ARE ON THE WAITING LIST IN EACH AREA, IN EACH AREA.

AND DO WE HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO GET TO ALL OF THOSE STUDENTS? SURE.

UM, YES SIR.

THE, THERE IS A GREAT NEED AT SEVERAL CAMPUSES, WHICH ARE LISTED IN THE, IN THE PACKET AS WELL.

BUT THE, UM, THE NEED WE HAVE IS STAFFING.

WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO RECRUIT AND HIRE STAFF TO ACCOMMODATE THE STUDENTS BECAUSE BEING A LICENSED PROGRAM, WE HAVE CERTAIN RATIOS THAT WE NEED TO MEET TO MEET THE COMPLIANCE.

UM, AT SOME CAMPUSES, THERE'S ALSO SPACE ISSUES.

UM, LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, FOR INSTANCE, HAD, THEY'RE SERVING OVER A HUNDRED STUDENTS AND THERE'S CLOSE TO 60 STUDENTS, I BELIEVE, ON THAT WAIT LIST.

AND IT'S SIMPLY, WE JUST DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO PUT THEM AFTER SCHOOL.

UM, THERE ARE CLASSROOMS THERE, BUT THE TEACHERS ARE USUALLY THERE TILL FOUR O'CLOCK, WHICH MEANS WE CAN'T PUT THE KIDS IN THOSE ROOMS DURING AFTER SCHOOL.

SO THERE'S SOME CAPACITY ISSUES AT SOME OF THE CAMPUSES SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE SIZE.

OKAY.

AND EXCUSE ME, I WANNA BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR CAPACITY ISSUES, PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO AVAILABLE PERSONNEL.

I'M SORRY.

I WANT TO UNDERSTAND YOUR CAPACITY ISSUES AS IT RELATES TO AVAILABLE PERSONNEL, MEANING, UM, UH, WE KNOW WHERE WE KNOW WHERE THE, WE KNOW WHAT OUR NUMBERS ARE IN TERMS OF NEED.

I WOULD NEED X NUMBER OF TEACHERS IF I WERE GOING TO TAKE X NUMBER OF STUDENTS OFF THE WAITING LIST.

HOW DO I GET FROM HERE TO THERE? IS WHAT I'M INTERESTED IN.

SURE.

UM, OUR TARGETED RATIO IS ONE TO 18.

UM, SO IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO TAKE MORE STUDENTS, UM, FROM A STAFFING PERSPECTIVE FOR EVERY 18 STUDENTS, WE WOULD NEED ONE STAFF MEMBER TO, TO BE ABLE TO WORK.

UM, AND THEN WE DO HAVE THE FULL-TIME STAFF THAT ARE THERE AS WELL, BUT WE'VE ALREADY FILLED ALL OF THOSE POSITIONS IN TERMS OF, WE HAVE A FULL-TIME DIRECTOR ON SITE AT THOSE CAMPUSES.

SO IT'S MAINLY THE PART-TIME STAFF, AND WE'RE HAVING A HARD TIME RECRUITING THE PART-TIME HOURLY STAFF MEMBERS.

UM, WE ARE GETTING SOME APPLICATIONS TRICKLE IN HERE AND THERE, BUT, UM, IT HAS BEEN QUITE THE CHALLENGE.

SO IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE, THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS AT EACH CAMPUS, WE NEED ONE TO 18 IS WHAT OUR TARGET RANGE IS FOR OUR PROGRAM.

UH, COMMISSIONER IAN AND, AND MAYBE SOMETHING WE CAN DISCUSS.

IT'D BE JUST TO KNOW WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BARRIERS, RIGHT, THAT ARE KEEPING US FROM FILLING THOSE POSITIONS.

IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO THAT JUST BASED ON WHAT YOU'VE HEARD.

I KNOW WE HAD SOME APPLICATIONS ROLLING IN, BUT IN EFFORT TO ADDRESS THE, YOU KNOW, THE AVAILABLE, THE WAIT LIST, BUT BEING MINDFUL OF THE CAPACITY CHALLENGES, THAT'LL, THAT'LL BE A BARRIER WE HAVE TO GET THROUGH.

AND SO ANYTHING YOU COULD SPEAK TO I THINK WOULD ALSO BE HELPFUL.

UM, YES, SIR.

UM, THE, THE CHALLENGE WITH THE, THE PROGRAM IS TOO, WE'RE NEW.

SO A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND REFERRING SOME OF THE APPLICANTS TO THE DISTRICT WEBSITE AND GOING THROUGH THAT, UM, WEBSITE TO APPLY.

UM, WE HAVE GONE TO WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, UM, RECRUITMENT EVENTS.

WE'VE BEEN TO A CC RECRUITMENT EVENTS, UM, HOUSTON TILLSON.

SO WE'RE REACHING OUT TO TRY TO BE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES TO REACH OUT TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS, UM, BECAUSE THOSE ARE USUALLY THE PEOPLE THAT WILL WORK WITH US, UM, DURING THE SUMMER AND DURING AFTERSCHOOL.

UM, SO ESTABLISHING THOSE RELATIONSHIPS AGAIN, WE'RE, THIS IS OUR FIRST YEAR IN IN SERVICE, SO THEY'RE KIND OF LEARNING ABOUT US AND WE'RE LEARNING THE AREAS WHERE WE CAN RECRUIT AND OBTAIN MORE STAFF.

AND, AND WHAT I'M THINKING ABOUT IS, IS A CLEAR PATH WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CAREER PROGRESSION, I NEED, I NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TYPE OF PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE PUT IN PLACE WITH WHOM IN ORDER TO TRAIN SOMEBODY TO BE PREPARED.

IS IT SOMETHING, UH, WITH WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, IS IT SOMETHING WITH CAPITAL IDEA? IS IT SOMETHING WITH A CC? WHAT IS, UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE PARAMETERS FOR PREPARING SOMEONE FOR AN ENTRY LEVEL, UH, INTO, UH, CHILDCARE SO THAT WE CAN SAY IF, IF WE GET X NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRAINED IN

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THIS PROCESS, THEN WE CAN MOVE THEM TO THE CLASSROOM WITHIN THIS PERIOD OF TIME.

UM, MAYBE CAN'T BE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE CAN'T BE DONE THIS SCHOOL YEAR, BUT MAYBE IT CAN BE A, A PROCESS THAT PEOPLE WORK THROUGH DURING THE SUMMER AND BE PREPARED WHEN WE COME BACK IN AUGUST OR BE PREPARED IN JANUARY.

BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE DISCREET PROCESS IS, UH, THE, THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE PUT IN PLACE TO PREPARE THE PERSONNEL THAT WE NEED IN THOSE POSITIONS.

YES, SIR.

UM, IN ORDER TO BE AN ENTRY LEVEL POSITION, THEY JUST HAVE TO HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, OR THEY CAN ALSO BE IN A CAREER PREP PROGRAM WITHIN ONE OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS AND STILL WORK FOR THE PROGRAM.

UM, SO THERE NEED TO BE 18 YEARS OLD OR HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND, UM, THEY CAN WORK FOR US BECAUSE WHAT I, WHAT I HAVE FOUND IS, PARTICULARLY FROM A WORKFORCE STANDPOINT, UH, WE'LL PUT PROGRAMS TOGETHER FOR CDLS FOR, UH, APPRENTICESHIPS WITH THE, WITH, UH, IBEW AND PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT 'EM.

SO I, I NEED TO BE ABLE TO DEFINE SOMETHING AND PUT IT IN FRONT OF PEOPLE SO THAT WE CAN TELL THEM, IF YOU DO THESE THINGS, YOU CAN PROVIDE CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILD OR YOU CAN BE EMPLOYED IN THAT AREA.

SO, SIR, UM, I, I'M NOT TRYING TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT.

.

YEAH.

I THINK, UM, COMMISSIONER, YOU KNOW, AS WE THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL FISCAL YEARS COMING UP OUR SCHOOL YEARS, AND SO YOU JUST LOOK AT THE WAIT LIST THAT WE HAVE AT THE EXISTING SCHOOLS AND THINKING ABOUT EXTRAPOLATING THAT ACROSS THE OTHER SCHOOLS.

AS WE FILL THOSE UP, THERE'S GONNA BE A SIGNIFICANT NEED, RIGHT? AND SO IDENTIFYING THE PIPELINES, MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE RELATIONSHIPS, REDUCING THE BARRIERS, UM, ALSO INTERESTED TO UNDERSTAND HOW COMPENSATION PLAYS INTO THIS.

UH, AND SO WE CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, WHERE THAT GAP IS AND HOW WE CAN KINDA APPROACH THAT AND, AND BE IN ALIGNMENT.

AND, AND, AND I, I WON'T ASK AS MANY QUESTIONS.

MY WIFE TELLS ME THAT I'M A LITTLE PUSHY WHEN I'M HUNGRY, SO .

SO I, SO I'LL, I'LL SLOW DOWN, TAKE A BITE.

WE'LL BE ALL RIGHT.

ALRIGHT, COUNCIL ALTER.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE YOUR QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONER CHIAN.

AND I'D LIKE TO GET A FURTHER DRILL DOWN ON SORT OF THE WAIT LIST.

SO IN THE BACKUP, UM, IT SAYS THAT THE CURRENT WAIT LIST IS 3 25, UM, FOR THE CURRENT.

UM, AND THEN I KNOW YOU HAVE THE EXPANSION PLANS AND PEOPLE ARE PAYING INTO THAT, BUT TRYING TO UNDERSTAND KIND OF THE, THE NEED AND WHAT FUNDING IS INVOLVED AND LIKE, IF WE WERE DOING THIS RIGHT, BY THE TIME THAT YOU EXPANDED IT OUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS IT COST A ISD TO PROVIDE THIS AND HOW MUCH, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S CHARGING FOLKS AND THERE'S GONNA BE FOR SOME PEOPLE FOR WHOM THAT'S CHALLENGING.

SO DO YOU HAVE ANY DATA THAT WOULD HELP US GET AT THAT NEED AND, AND THE OVERALL MAGNITUDE? AND, AND THEN I GUESS WE HAVE THESE OTHER PROGRAMS. SO WHAT IS THE INTERPLAY? AND MAYBE THAT'S A QUESTION FOR WHEN WE'RE DONE TO UNDERSTAND THE INTERPLAY ACROSS, UM, THE PROGRAMS AND WHAT THE INTENTION IS THERE RELATIVE TO THE OTHER PROGRAMS. YES, MA'AM.

THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.

UM, THE PROGRAM IS TUITION BASED, SO THERE'S NO COST TO THE DISTRICT.

WE RUN STRICTLY ON THE TUITION THAT WE RECEIVE FROM THE FAMILIES.

UM, WE DID RECEIVE A, UH, CHILDCARE RELIEF FUND GRANT SEVERAL YEARS AGO, WHICH ALLOWED THIRD BASE WHEN IT WAS OPERATING AT THOSE FIVE LOCATIONS TO, UM, SAVE A LITTLE BIT OF REVENUE TO HELP WITH THE EXPANSION PLANS TO THE CURRENT CAMPUSES THAT WE'RE AT.

UM, AND THEN MOVING FORWARD, AS WE CONTINUE TO STAFF THE CURRENT PROGRAMS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO EXPAND, UM, TO THE NEW SCHOOLS, UM, IN A REASONABLE TIMEFRAME.

UM, THEY MAY NOT ALL BE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR BASED ON STAFFING, BUT IT WILL DEFINITELY BE DURING THE 24 25 SCHOOL YEAR.

WE'VE EXPANDED TO THREE NEW PROGRAMS THIS SCHOOL YEAR THAT WEREN'T CURRENTLY, UM, SLOTTED TO COME ON BOARD DURING THE 2324 SCHOOL YEAR BECAUSE THERE WAS A NEED AT THE CAMPUS.

SO ANDREWS, ODOM AND WYNN WERE ALSO ADDED THIS SCHOOL YEAR, UM, BECAUSE THERE WAS A NEED AND WE WERE ABLE TO MEET THAT NEED, UM, WITH STAFFING AND REVENUE THAT WE HAD ALREADY COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILIES.

AND SO MAYBE ONE THING THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL IS HOW TO, IF WE COULD EXPAND ON HOW THAT INFORMATION WAS COLLECTED FROM FAMILIES, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO EXPLORE IS TWO OR THREE YEARS OUT, HOW WOULD WE BE ABLE TO DEFINE WHAT THE NEED, THE EXPECTED NEED MAY BE RIGHT AT THAT TIME SO WE CAN BEGIN TO ALIGN RESOURCES SO THAT WE CAN SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES, YOU KNOW, FISCAL YEAR TWO, THREE, AND FOUR AND OBVIOUSLY CONTINUING ON.

UM, YES SIR, THE, THE NEED AT THE SCHOOLS.

UM, WE HAVEN'T SEEN AS MUCH NEED AT THE, SOME OF THE TITLE ONE SCHOOLS THAT OFFER PRIMETIME AT ACE.

UM, THE ENROLLMENT HAS BEEN VERY LOW AT THOSE SCHOOLS

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BECAUSE THERE'S THE FREE PROGRAMS AT THE CAMPUS THAT ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE TO THOSE FAMILIES.

UM, SO IF YOU SEE IT, LIKE LENDER I THINK HAS TWO TO FIVE STUDENTS THAT ARE ENROLLED THERE CURRENTLY.

SO WE'RE KIND OF CATCHING THE ONES THAT DON'T MEET THE, THE NEEDS OF THAT ONE PROGRAM.

UM, BUT WE'RE THERE TO FILL THE GAPS FOR THE OTHERS.

UM, AT THE OTHER CAMPUSES WE'RE RANGING ANYWHERE FROM EIGHT TO 10%, UM, AFTERSCHOOL PARTICIPATION.

AND WE PROJECT THAT AT THE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE CURRENT PROVIDERS THAT ARE ALREADY CURRENTLY SERVING PROGRAMS THAT ARE THERE.

UM, SO MOVING FORWARD, THAT'S KIND OF WHAT WE PROJECT THE NEED BASED ON, IS THE POPULATION OF THE CAMPUS AS FAR AS THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED AND THE NEED THAT THEY CURRENTLY HAVE.

THE EXPANSION PLAN THAT WAS LAID OUT WAS DONE SO IN A MANNER TO FILL THE VOID OF THE CAMPUSES THIS FIRST YEAR THAT DIDN'T HAVE PROGRAMS ALREADY, UM, ON BOARD AND IN SERVICE TO FILL THE GAPS TO THE STUDENTS THAT NEED CARE AT THOSE INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THAT, UM, DIDN'T HAVE CARE PREVIOUSLY.

AND NOW WE'RE EXPANDING OUT TO OTHER CAMPUSES, UM, BASED ON THE NUMBER OF PROVIDERS THEY ALREADY HAVE IN SERVICE AND THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THEY HAVE THERE.

SO THOUGH WE HAVE MULTIPLE PROVIDERS, YOU'RE ONE PROVIDER TRYING TO MEET A GAP, AND THERE ARE MULTIPLE PROVIDERS, SOME OF WHOM ARE DOING GREAT PROGRAMS, THAT WE WANNA KEEP THOSE PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT THOSE PROGRAMS. DO WE HAVE A SENSE OF THE OVERALL NEED FOR AFTER SCHOOL, KIND OF GENERALLY ACROSS ALL OF THE CAMPUSES? AND IF YOU ARE CHARGING THESE AMOUNTS, LIKE HOW MUCH THAT IS AND THEN KIND OF HOW MUCH THE GAP IS OF WHERE WE'RE NOT SERVING IT? UM, YEAH, I'M NOT, I'M NOT AWARE, UM, OF AN ANALYSIS WHERE, WHERE WE KIND OF EXTRAPOLATE OUT, UH, AND BASED ON THE FEE KIND OF WHAT THE POTENTIAL, UM, OPPORTUNITY WOULD BE.

IT'D BE INTERESTING TO KNOW, YOU KNOW, THE EIGHT TO 10% RULE, YOU KNOW, WE JUST TALKED ABOUT, IS THAT A STANDARD THAT WE CAN USE TO MODEL WHAT THE OVERALL NEED MIGHT BE ACROSS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT? UM, 'CAUSE IF IT IS, THEN WE CAN CERTAINLY APPLY THAT.

UM, AND THAT'LL CAPTURE THE NEED.

NOT ONLY THAT'S BEING ADDRESSED BY A ISD, BUT ALSO WITH OUR PARTNERS, RIGHT? 'CAUSE ID BASED ON THE STUDENT POPULATION, NOT JUST, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE'RE ABLE TO, TO COVER.

SO I THINK WE COULD KIND OF BACK INTO THAT, BUT I'M NOT AWARE OF AN EX AN EXISTING ANALYSIS THAT KIND OF GETS TO YOUR QUESTION, BUT WE COULD PROBABLY COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT ANSWERS THAT AT HIGH LEVEL.

AND SORRY TO ASK ANOTHER QUESTION.

NO, THAT'S, BUT FOR THE EIGHT TO 10% RULE, IS THAT, LIKE, HOW WOULD YOU THINK ABOUT THAT EIGHT TO 10% RULE, THAT'S EIGHT TO 10% OF THE KIDS NEED AFTERSCHOOL CARE OR EIGHT TO 10% KIDS DON'T HAVE AFTERSCHOOL YET.

WHAT, WHAT IS THAT MEASURING? YES, THAT'S THE EIGHT TO 10% IS WHAT WE'RE CAPTURING.

NOW, THERE ARE SOME CAMPUSES THAT ARE A LOT HIGHER THAN THAT.

LEE, FOR INSTANCE, IS 20 TO 23%, WHICH IS WHY THERE'S SUCH A HIGH WAIT LIST OF THAT STUDENT ENROLLMENT.

BUT THE 10%, 8% RANGE IS KIND OF WHAT WE'RE SEEING AT THE OTHER CAMPUSES THAT WE'RE SERVING.

THERE ARE SOME THAT ARE A, A BIT HIGHER, SO IT COULD BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

BUT AGAIN, UM, THERE HASN'T BEEN A FORMAL SURVEY OR RESEARCH SENT TO, TO FIND OUT THAT NUMBER.

BUT IS THAT EIGHT TO 10% THAT NEED A SD THIRD BASE, OR IS THAT EIGHT TO 10% THAT NEED AFTERSCHOOL? IT WOULD BE AFTERSCHOOL CARE THIS, SORRY.

AND ONE OF THE CAMPUS BLANTON, FOR INSTANCE, THERE'S THREE PROGRAMS CURRENTLY IN SERVICE THERE.

THERE'S THE YMCA CREATIVE ACTION AND A SD THIRD BASE, AND THEY ALL STILL HAVE WAIT LIST AT THAT CAMPUS THAT SERVES OVER 300 STUDENTS EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL.

UM, AUSTIN IS CONSIDERED A CHILDCARE DESERT, SO THERE'S A LARGE NEED FOR CHILDCARE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER SHAY? YEAH.

IS THE OUT OF TIME, UH, OR OUT OF SCHOOL TIME PROGRAMS TARGETED FOR, UM, STUDENTS, UM, OLDER THAN ELEMENTARY? I'M JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW, IF THERE'S ANY PLAN FOR OR CAPACITY FOR PROVIDING AFTERSCHOOL SERVICES FOR OLDER STUDENTS BEYOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

WE DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE THAT ON OUR MODEL.

UM, IT'S JUST ELEMENTARY AGE STUDENTS.

SO, UM, IT'S SCHOOL AGE, WHICH IS, UM, WE DO HAVE SOME PRE-K THREE THAT GOES, THAT ARE FULL DAY AND THEN ALL THE WAY TO SOME SIXTH GRADERS THAT ARE SERVED ON CAMPUSES THAT THEY CURRENTLY ATTEND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUSES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONER SHAY, YOU'LL, YOU'LL SEE SOME OF THAT, UM, INFORMATION IN THE NEXT PRESENTATION.

SO I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

UM, COUNCIL MEMBER AL ALTER, YOU ASKED THE EXACT QUESTIONS THAT I HAD.

UH, SO I WOULD BE VERY CURIOUS.

I, I KNOW THAT AFTERSCHOOL CARE IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US.

UM, WE, IT'S ESPECIALLY CRITICAL, I WOULD SAY, UM, LIKE AS WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THE IMPACT OF HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMS ON STUDENT OUTCOMES, UM, AND WITH THE STATE, THEY NOT REALLY HAVING A

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VERY POSITIVE, UM, FUNDING, PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING, UH, OUTLOOK, TO SAY THE LEAST.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, REALLY BEING CLEAR ON, UM, WHAT THE UNMET NEED IS FOR AFTERSCHOOL CARE IN, IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS ONE NUMBER I WOULD LIKE TO GET A HANDLE ON.

SO NOT JUST FOR A SPECIFIC PROGRAM, BUT JUST LIKE MM-HMM, OVERALL, WHAT IS THE UNMET NEED? IS IT 10,000 STUDENTS? IS IT 5,000? LIKE I HAVE, I DON'T REALLY HAVE A SENSE OF WHO'S NOT GETTING AFTER SCHOOL THAT MAY NOT EVEN BE ON A WAIT LIST BECAUSE THERE ARE FAMILIES WHO MAY NOT EVEN SIGN UP TO BE ON A WAIT LIST BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW THAT THEY CAN DO THAT.

AND OFTENTIMES THOSE ARE OUR FAMILIES THAT WE MOST NEED TO BE REACHING OUT TO.

UM, AND SO THAT, THAT'S, UM, WHAT I'D BE REALLY CURIOUS ABOUT.

I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW IF THERE HAVE BEEN ANY STUDIES, UM, AT THE CITY OR COUNTY LEVEL IN THIS AREA.

DO WE KNOW? OKAY.

AND I DON'T THINK, I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY, WE HAVE AT THE DISTRICT, I KNOW WE HAVE A LOT WITH CHILDCARE, UM, LIKE EARLY CHILDCARE, BUT I DON'T SEE A SIMILAR, UM, UM, STUDY FOR, FOR AFTER SCHOOL.

UM, AND I KNOW AFTER SCHOOL, LIKE THERE HAS BEEN PLENTY OF RESEARCH.

I KNOW, UM, COMMISSIONER TRILLIAN HAS TALKED ABOUT THIS A LOT OVER THE YEARS, AS LONG AS I'VE KNOWN YOU, UM, ON THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF AFTERSCHOOL.

AND, AND THAT'S REALLY THE DIFFICULTY THAT, UM, THERE ARE A LOT OF CREATIVE AND SUCCESSFUL THINGS HAPPENING INDEPENDENTLY OF EACH OTHER.

AND THE IDEA IS, UH, HOW DO YOU PUT AN ASSET MAP TOGETHER THAT IDENTIFIES ALL OF THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING DONE, WHERE THEY'RE BEING EFFECTIVE, AND THEN WHERE THERE ARE GAPS SO THAT WE CAN EXPAND IN PLACES WHERE SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS NEED RESOURCES AND WE CAN IDENTIFY WHERE SIMILAR PROBLEMS CAN BE ADDRESSED ON OTHER CAMPUSES WITH SIMILAR RESOURCES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

IT'S JUST, JUST OPERATING INDEPENDENTLY OF EACH OTHER AS OPPOSED TO TOGETHER, WHICH IS WHY WE BROUGHT ALL THE SUPERINTENDENTS TOGETHER, AND THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

SO I THINK, SO ONE QUESTION FOR ME IS, CAN, CAN THIS BODY SOMEHOW FIGURE OUT HOW TO CALCULATE THE UNMET NEED IN AUSTIN? I'M JUST GONNA THROW THAT OUT THERE.

AUSTIN OR THE COUNTY ? OH, I WOULD SAY IN ALL, LET'S START WITH AUSTIN.

WELL, I DON'T KNOW.

WE, WE CAN SEE, I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU.

SO, I MEAN, I WOULD SAY IDEALLY THE COUNTY, BUT I MEAN, I THINK THE AUSTIN, LET'S START WITH AUSTIN .

SARAH STONE IS HERE FROM TRAVIS COUNTY.

HELLO.

WORKING ON, UH, WHAT WE CAN FIND FOR AFTERSCHOOL CARE.

WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION, UH, DO YOU WANNA TELL THEM A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE WORKING ON? ABSOLUTELY.

UM, HI EVERYONE.

I'M SARAH STONE.

I'M A PLANNER IN RESEARCH AND PLANNING AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

AND, UM, ONE OF THE, I GUESS THE ISSUE AREAS THAT I WORK WITH IS THE YOUTH ISSUE AREA.

AND WHAT PILAR JUST MENTIONED IS SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR SEVERAL WEEKS NOW, AND SOME OF WHAT WE'RE FINDING IS THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE SYSTEMS WITHIN THE CITY OR THE COUNTY TO CAPTURE THOSE NUMBERS.

SO, UM, LEARN ALL THE TIME IS HERE TODAY.

UM, CAN Y'ALL RAISE YOUR HANDS BACK THERE? YEAH.

AND THEY HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY HELPFUL IN FIGURING THAT OUT.

WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE PROGRAMS, UM, THAT ARE REGISTERED WITH THEM.

YOU CAN ALSO DO ACCOUNT THROUGH THE LICENSE PROGRAMS. WE ALSO HAVE A REQUEST FROM TEA FOR ALL OF THE PROGRAMS WITHIN TITLE ONE SCHOOLS WITHIN THE COUNTY.

THERE'S MULTIPLE FUNDING SOURCES.

AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS, UM, THE NEED FOR MORE SUPPORT TO CREATE A SYSTEM TO CAPTURE THE QUESTIONS THAT SPECIFICALLY YOU AND MS. ALTER HAVE BEEN ASKING.

I WOULD SAY THAT, UM, WE DO HAVE SOME REALLY STRONG PARTNERSHIPS.

THERE'S A VERY, A VERY STRONG EMPHASIS ON QUALITY WITHIN OUR AREA, WHICH THERE'S A LOT OF RESEARCH THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE A QUALITY PROGRAM, THAT A PLACE WHERE KIDS GO IS NOT THE SAME AS A PLACE WHERE KIDS ARE SAFE AND RESPECTED AND HAVE TUTORING AND HAVE ENRICHMENT AND HAVE A MEAL LIKE COMMISSIONER TAVION HAS MENTIONED.

SO, AND THAT'S, THAT'S THE THE REALLY CRITICAL POINT FOR ME BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING PUSHED OUT OF THE CITY BECAUSE OF AFFORDABILITY.

AND I MEAN, UM, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FOOTPRINT EVERY YEAR, YOU CAN, UH, YOU CAN JUST, UH, LOOK AT KIDS THAT WE KNOW THROUGH CHURCH, LOOK AT KIDS THAT WE KNOW THROUGH YOUTH PROGRAMS. AND WHEN THEY ONCE LIVED IN UNIVERSITY HILLS OR LAKESIDE OR COLONY PARK, THEY'RE BEING PUSHED FURTHER OUT, UH, INTO PLACES WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE SYSTEMS. SO IT'S GONNA BE INCUMBENT UPON US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE UNDERSTANDING WHERE PEOPLE ARE GOING, UNDERSTANDING WHAT'S THERE, AND EXPANDING, UH, THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM BECAUSE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE IN MAYNARD MM-HMM, , A KID CAN GET OUTTA SCHOOL AT THREE O'CLOCK, BE PUT OUT, UH, OF A BUS, AND THERE'S NO GYMNASIUM AND THERE'S NO BASEBALL FIELD AND THERE'S NO FOOTBALL FIELD, THERE'S NO NOTHING.

AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, I'VE GOTTA BE MOST

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CONCERNED ABOUT THE FOLKS WHO HAVE NOTHING.

AND, AND SO, UM, SO IT'S GONNA BE IMPORTANT THAT WE BE ABLE TO DEFINE WHAT IT IS WE'RE LOOKING FOR AND UNDERSTAND MIGRATION PATTERNS AS PEOPLE ARE BEING PUSHED OUT OF THE CITY, UH, BECAUSE OF AFFORDABILITY AND GENTRIFICATION.

MM-HMM.

.

SO APPRECIATE THAT.

IS THERE A STUDY THAT IS CURRENT? YOU MENTIONED, UM, ANOTHER GROUP.

UM, ARE THEY ACTUALLY DOING A STUDY ON THIS? AND WHEN, WHEN CAN WE GET THOSE NUMBERS? WE ARE ALL TRYING .

YEAH, THERE'S MULTIPLE, SORRY, I THINK YOU WE'RE ALL TRYING, AND THERE'S MULTIPLE SOURCES.

SO THAT'S REALLY COMING TOGETHER.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IS THERE WAS A BIG IMPACT WITH COVID MM-HMM.

WITH AFTERSCHOOL FUNDING AS WE'VE ALL NOTICED.

UM, I ALSO WANNA MAKE A DISTINCTION.

PEOPLE USE THE WORDS EXPANDED LEARNING OUT OF SCHOOL TIME AND AFTER SCHOOL.

AND AFTERSCHOOL CARE WOULD TYPICALLY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF SAY THREE TO SEVEN AFTER SCHOOL SPECIFICALLY.

BUT WE'RE ALSO SEEING A HUGE NEED FOR SUMMER PROGRAMMING AND SUMMER ENRICHMENT.

SO I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE, I WAS GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT PRIME TEAM EXPANDING.

THAT'S A HUGE NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY.

OKAY.

UM, WE CAN, I'LL LOOK BACK OVER HERE AT MY PARTNER THAT I TALKED TO.

AND SORRY, YOU'RE NO, YOU'RE IN THAT TOO.

I BELIEVE THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S REALLY ONE OF THE LARGEST AFTERSCHOOL PROVIDERS.

YEAH.

UM, SO IT'S ALL OF US KIND OF COMING TOGETHER AND PULLING IT TOGETHER.

SO WE'RE ON OUR WAY.

UM, AND I HEAR YOUR, I HEARD YOUR QUESTION ABOUT YEAH.

A TIME DATE, AND I WILL DO MY BEST TO CONNECT WITH PILAR TO SEE IF WE CAN COME UP WITH A SPECIFIC TIME DATE.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, AND THEN IN TERMS OF THE QUALITY ISSUE, YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE THING TO, TO LOOK AT THE COST.

YOU KNOW, OF COURSE WE WANT THESE TO BE AFFORDABLE PROGRAMMING, BUT AS COMMISSIONER TRIVI MENTIONED, I MEAN THE QUALITY OF THE PROGRAMMING IS VERY, I IMPORTANT.

HOW ARE WE MEASURING THAT IN A ISD? I KNOW THAT WE'VE SHIFTED, YOU KNOW, OUR APPROACH TO AFTERSCHOOL CARE IN ORDER TO EXPAND IT.

I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT DOING THAT AT THE EXPENSE OF HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMMING.

SO, UM, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN SHARE AROUND THAT? YES, MA'AM.

UM, WE ARE PART OF THE TEXAS RISING STAR, UM, REQUIREMENTS.

SO WE HAVE TO BE LICENSED FOR A YEAR TO BE ABLE TO QUALIFY AS, UM, A TRS PROVIDER, WHICH IS, I KNOW IT'S A LITTLE CONFUSING BECAUSE THE TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM, BUT IT STANDS FOR TEXAS RISING AND STAR.

UM, IT'S THROUGH WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS AND IT'S, UH, IT'S A QUALITY PROGRAM THAT YOU HAVE TO MEET CERTAIN STANDARDS TO BE ABLE TO QUALIFY FOR.

AND THEN YOUR PROGRAM WILL BE, UM, GIVEN A STAR RATING FROM THREE TO TWO TO FIVE, TWO TO FOUR STARS, UM, BASED ON THE, THE QUALITY OF YOUR PROGRAM.

UM, SO THEY ACTUALLY HAVE, UM, ASSESSORS COME OUT AND ASSESS YOU, UM, TO SEE THE QUALITY OF YOUR PROGRAM AND GIVE YOU YOUR RATING.

AND THEN THAT, UM, ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO THE, UH, REIMBURSEMENT RATES THAT YOU GET FROM WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, UH, CCS PROGRAM.

SO, UM, WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS THAT.

SEVEN OF OUR CAMPUSES ARE ALREADY ELIGIBLE, AND WE'VE ALREADY STARTED THAT PROCESS, UM, TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING A QUALITY PROGRAM.

OKAY.

AND ARE WE ALSO MEASURING, UH, STUDENT OUTCOMES, UM, AS A RESULT OF, ARE WE ALSO MEASURING STUDENT OUTCOMES AS A RESULT OF, YOU KNOW, PARTICIPATION IN, IN OUR PROGRAMS? LIKE, ARE WE SEEING AN INCREASE IN ATTENDANCE OR TEST SCORES, THINGS LIKE THAT? UM, YES MA'AM.

WE DID, UM, DO AN ATTENDANCE TRACKER.

SO I THINK WE ARE MAYBE 2% ABOVE, UM, THE AVERAGE FOR THE DISTRICT, UM, AS FAR AS LIKE THE GRADUATION RATES OR THEM, UM, MOVING ON TO THE NEXT GRADE LEVEL.

THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT WE'RE KIND OF WHERE WE ARE.

SO THAT'LL PROBABLY BE SOMETHING WE NEED TO LOOK AT GOING INTO NEXT YEAR.

YEAH.

UH, PRESIDENT SING, I THINK THAT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, RIGHT? TO IDENTIFY, YOU KNOW, HOW THIS PROGRAM IS ACTUALLY IMPROVING OUTCOMES.

YOU KNOW, 2% I IMPROVEMENT IN AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT .

UM, BUT YEAH, THERE ARE MANY OTHER THINGS THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO TRACK AND REPORT OUT ON, AND MAYBE EVEN DEVELOPING A STANDARD FOR HOW WE REPORT OUT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

THANK YOU.

AND I KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER, UM, LIKE I KNOW THAT ANTIOTIC FOUNDATION HAS A LONG HISTORY OF, OF, YOU KNOW, COLLECTING THIS TYPE OF DATA, UM, AND SORT OF, YOU KNOW, IF THERE, IF THERE IS A MODEL OUT THERE THAT'S ALREADY USEFUL, UM, AND USED, UM, THAT WOULD BE A GREAT, PROBABLY A, A GREAT TOOL SO THAT WE CAN START HAVING, UM, STANDARDIZED SYSTEMS SO THAT WE CAN COLLECT DATA FROM DIFFERENT PROVIDERS INTO ONE THAT I THINK THAT'S WHAT I'M GETTING.

I LIKE IF WE WANNA SOLVE THIS IN A COUNTY, CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT FASHION, THAT WE NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT THIS IN THAT WAY AND HAVING COMMON DATA SETS AND, AND ALL THAT.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, UM, FROM Y'ALL FOR JOINING? WELL, I JUST WANNA PIG BACK TO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

UH, UH, CAN YOU GO AHEAD? OKAY.

YES, GO AHEAD.

AND, UM, IF THERE'S A WAY, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT QUALITY, WHAT DOES QUALITY MEAN? BECAUSE, UM, IF WE COULD INCLUDE JUST LITERACY AND EVERYTHING THAT

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WE DO, THEN THAT WOULD BE A BIG WAY FOR US TO ALIGN WITH WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO GET STUDENTS TO LEARN DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.

SO IS THAT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE? IS THAT SOMETHING THAT IS BEING DONE? IS THAT SOMETHING THAT'S BEING MEASURED OR, YOU KNOW, 'CAUSE WE'RE STILL NOT SEEING OUR NUMBERS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.

YES.

THAT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT, UM, CAN BE DONE.

IT'S NOT CURRENTLY BEING MEASURED, BUT WE DO OFFER HOMEWORK TIME EVERY DAY.

UM, AND ASSISTANCE WITH, UM, THEIR, THEIR WORK, IT'S USUALLY MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

WE GIVE THEM A BREAK ON FRIDAY WHERE WE DON'T DO HOMEWORK TIME WITH THEM, BUT WE DO HAVE TIME SET ASIDE EACH DAY TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR, UM, HOMEWORK.

WELL, IT'S, IT'S MORE THAN THAT BECAUSE LIKE ALL THE PROGRAMMING I'M ORGANIZING AT MENDEZ AND, AND THE COMMUNITY LOVE HUB, EVERY PARTNER I HAVE SAID, EVEN IF YOU'RE TEACHING SOCCER, IF YOU'RE DOING FOOTBALL, IF YOU'RE DOING, UH, FILMMAKING, READING HAS TO BE PART OF ALL OF THAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE STUDENTS HAVE TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING INVOLVES READING.

SO IT'S, IT'S DOING IT IN A WAY THAT THEY'RE GONNA ENJOY IT.

UH, YOU PUT 'EM BACK IN HOMEWORK IF THEY'RE GONNA FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BACK IN DURING THE CLASSROOM, BUT THIS IS A WAY TO CONNECT THAT READING IS WITH EVERYTHING.

SO ALL THOSE ENRICHMENT CLASSES NOT HAVE DONE SITE VISITS TO MANY OF 'EM.

AND I DON'T SEE STUDENTS VERY INVOLVED.

UH, THEY'RE SAME BOARD, YOU KNOW, SO WE HAVE TO FIND SOMETHING THAT THEY REALLY LOVE TO DO AND INCLUDE READING IN IT.

UH, WHEN WE TAUGHT BALLET AT BARRINGTON, THEY LEARNED ABOUT BALLERINAS AND POURING, YOU KNOW, FROM KINDERGARTEN, YOU KNOW, UH, WHEN THEY DID COOK AND READ IT AND READ AND EAT IT, IT WAS READING RECIPES AND EATING WHAT THEY MAKE.

SO ALWAYS INCLUDING READING AND EVERY SINGLE THING THAT WE CAN, IT'S, TO ME, DOESN'T SOUND VERY HARD TO DO IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE.

YEAH.

TRACY AZZA, THIS IS MATHIAS.

UM, I THINK AS WE KIND OF CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THE PROGRAM, UM, GETTING INPUT, UNDERSTANDING KIND OF WHAT PROGRESS YOU MADE THIS YEAR, I THINK WOULD BE A, A REALLY GOOD PATH FORWARD.

UM, CERTAINLY IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES TO, YOU KNOW, CREATE ALIGNMENT, YOU KNOW, WITH, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S EARLY LITERACY, EARLY NUMERACY, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE.

AND I THINK WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS IF WE ARE BETTER ALIGNED AND WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE, I THINK WE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET TO THAT POINT QUICKER.

UM, I THINK RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE PROGRAMS THAT A IC OVERSEES, THERE ARE PROGRAMS THAT ARE PARTNERS OVERSEE, AND EACH OF THEM HAVE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT APPROACHES.

AND SO I THINK WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS GETTING TO WHERE YOU WANT US TO BE AND, AND WE'RE CERTAINLY WANTING TO GET THERE AS WELL.

RIGHT.

AND, AND, UH, SUPERINTENDENT, COULD YOU ALSO MENTIONED, UH, EARLIER YOU MENTIONED ABOUT COMPENSATION.

WHAT ARE WE PAYING PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING, UM, IN AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER CAMP? SURE.

THE PART-TIME RATE STARTS AT $20 AND 67 CENTS AN HOUR, I BELIEVE.

OKAY.

SO I'M GONNA, UM, THANK YOU, TRITA.

THANK YOU.

I'M GONNA, UM, MOVE US ALONG TO MS. MCNEELY.

I BELIEVE YOU ALSO HAVE A PRESENTATION FOR US, SO WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

HEY, GOOD AFTERNOON.

KIMBERLY MCNEELY.

I SERVE AS THE PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR.

UM, WE HAVE SOME OUTTA SCHOOL TIME INDIVIDUALS THAT WORK VERY SPECIFICALLY.

UH, HOWEVER, JUST BASED UPON OUR SCHEDULES, I WAS THE BEST INDIVIDUAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS, THIS PRESENTATION TODAY.

SO THERE MAY BE SOME QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE THAT I'LL HAVE TO DO FOLLOW UP, BUT I DO HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT I THINK IS PERTINENT TO THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE.

SO FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS PRESENTATION, THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, WE CONSIDER OUTTA SCHOOL TIME, UH, THE, THE DEVELOPMENT PRO, THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE PART OF THE, THAT ARE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL, AND THAT THEY ARE, UM, COMPREHENSIVE IN THAT IDEALLY THEY SUPPORT THE WORKING FAMILIES AND THEY SUPPORT THE NEEDS FOR CHILDCARE, THAT THEY ARE SAFE PLACES FOR STUDENTS, AND THAT THEY

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ALSO HAVE SOME ACADEMIC SUPPORT, SOME ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES, AND SOME YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

SO IN VERY SIMPLE TERMS, WE TALK ABOUT THAT MEANING THAT YOU HAVE, UH, SOME SOMETHING THAT ENHANCES THE SCHOOL DAY, EITHER HOMEWORK HELP OR SOME OTHER SORT OF ACTIVITY THAT HELPS INFORCE SPORTS, ACADEMIC THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE SCHOOL DAY.

YOU HAVE A HEALTHY SNACK THAT HELPS CHILDREN ENSURE THAT THEY ARE NOURISHED.

YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT'S ENRICHING, WHICH MEANS THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WILL, UM, EXPERIENCE SOMETHING THAT THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE EXPERIENCED BEFORE, THAT THEY MAY BE ABLE TO IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN LATER.

SO IF YOU LIKE PERFORMING ARTS OR YOU LIKE, UM, SOMETHING OUT IN NATURE AND YOU FIND THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY LOVE IN AFTER SCHOOL OR IN SUMMER CAMP, WE ALSO OFFER THOSE IMMERSIVE ACTIVITIES IN OTHER, IN OTHER SPACES WITHIN THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

AND LASTLY, SOMETHING ACTIVE.

WE WANT THE CHILDREN TO BE, UM, USING THEIR PHYSICAL, GETTING PHYSICALLY HEALTHY, RIGHT? USING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO GET THEIR ENERGY OUT INTO, UM, TO BECOME, UH, HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS.

UH, THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU ASKED, I'M JUST, THEY'RE NOT IN HERE, BUT I'M JUST GOING TO TELL YOU, UH, AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM IS $140 A WEEK, AND THAT IS THE AVERAGE COST.

HOWEVER, THE CI, THAT IS A SUPPLEMENTED COST BECAUSE THE CITY OF AUSTIN CAN SUPPLEMENT PROGRAMS. UM, BEYOND THAT, IF YOU MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA, YOUR THE COST OF AFTER SCHOOL IS HALF OF THAT.

UH, SO THAT WOULD BE $70 A WEEK IF YOU MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA.

AND THEN THERE'S ALSO AN ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE IF YOU MEET OTHER FINANCIAL CRITERIA FOR THE SUMMERTIME PROGRAMS. FOR THE SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS, IT'S $560 A WEEK, AND AGAIN, THERE IS, UH, ADDITIONAL, UH, HALF OFF AND THEN AN ADDITIONAL, UH, SCHOLARSHIP IF YOU MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA.

SO WE TRY TO MAKE THAT AS, UH, AFFORDABLE AS POSSIBLE.

WE ALSO, FOR THE QUALITY COMPONENT OF OUR PROGRAM, WE, UH, ABIDE BY THE YOUTH PROGRAM QUALITY ASSESSMENT.

UH, SO BASICALLY WE HAVE AN ASSESSOR THAT COMES IN OUR PROGRAM AND OBSERVES THE CHILDREN AND, AND TRIES TO UNDERSTAND THROUGH OBSERVATION IF THOSE CHILDREN HAVE DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS.

YOU KNOW, ARE THEY DEMONSTRATING BEHAVIORS THAT SAY THAT THEY, THEY HAVE A SENSE OF BELONGING? ARE THEY JUST DEMONSTRATING BEHAVIORS THAT SAY THAT THEY CAN DO CONFLICT RESOLUTION? ARE THEY DEMONSTRATING BEHAVIORS THAT SAY THAT THEY, UM, HAVE SELF-RESPECT OR SELF-ESTEEM? AND WHAT HAPPENS IS, IS THAT THAT'S A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT, UH, UH, UH, CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM IN THAT IF WE ARE NOT SEEING SOME OF THOSE THINGS, YOU'RE NOT GONNA SEE EVERYTHING IN EVERY ASSESSMENT, RIGHT? BUT IF WE'RE NOT SEEING THOSE THINGS, OR IF WE'RE SEEING INDICATORS THAT THE CHILDREN DON'T HAVE THOSE ASSETS, THEN WE SPECIFICALLY PUT TOGETHER TRAINING FOR OUR TEAM MEMBERS TO BE ABLE TO LEARN A SKILLSET OR STRATEGIES TO BUILD THOSE DEVELOPMENTAL, UM, ASSETS.

AND WE ALSO THINK ABOUT THIS IN THE, UM, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, YPQ AND MEANING THAT KIDS NEED CERTAIN THINGS TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

THERE WAS A LONG TIME AGO BEFORE I CAME HERE TO AUSTIN, THERE WAS A STUDY THAT WAS DONE THAT BASICALLY SAID, HEY, WHEN YOU ASK CHILDREN WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL? THEY WILL TELL YOU THOSE DIFFERENT ASSETS THAT THEY NEED.

AND SO YPQ IS PREDICATED ON BUILDING THOSE ASSETS SO THAT WHEN CHILDREN, UH, GRADUATE FROM SCHOOL, THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO BE HEALTHY, HAPPY, PRODUCTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND THAT THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

SO THAT'S JUST THE BASIC PART OF THE QUALITY QUESTION THAT YOU HAD.

AND THEN ALSO THE, UM, THE COST QUESTION.

SO, UM, JUST WE ALIGN OUR PROGRAMS WITH THE CITYWIDE STRATEGIES AND ALSO WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT'S, LONG-TERM STRATEGIES.

SO THOSE ARE, UH, THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF, UH, BENCHMARKS THAT WE HAVE SET FOR OURSELVES.

ONE OTHER THING THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT THAT'S NOT IN THE NOTES THAT I NEED TO TELL YOU IS THAT WE ARE NOT A SUBJECT TO LICENSING.

UH, HOWEVER, WE ARE SUBJECT TO SOMETHING CALLED LOCAL STANDARDS OF CARE, WHICH MEANS EVERY YEAR IN AND AROUND APRIL, I THINK IT JUST HAPPENED, OR DID JUST HAPPEN IN MARCH THIS WEEK, , UM, WE HAVE TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL AND ASK THE COUNCIL TO ADOPT AN ORDINANCE THAT TELLS US HOW IT IS THAT WE ARE TO OPERATE OUR AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS AND OUR OUTTA SCHOOL TIME PROGRAMS. OUR, UH, ORDINANCE MIRRORS THAT, THAT IS THIS PART OF THE STATE LICENSING.

SO IT MIRRORS THE, UM, RATIOS, IT MIRRORS THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE STAFF THAT CAN BE, UH, PROVIDING AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM.

AND IT JUST ESSENTIALLY IS THE SAME AS THE STATE.

IT'S JUST THAT IT'S LOCALLY ADOPTED.

UM, SO THAT IS WHY WE'VE ADOPTED THE YPQ PROGRAM, RIGHT? BECAUSE WE HAVE A WHOLE, WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A SEPARATE PROCESS.

IT MIRRORS THE STATE, BUT IT'S JUST A LITTLE BIT SEPARATE.

ONE, ONE QUESTION.

YES.

HOW DO YOU ADDRESS ISSUES OF CULTURAL COMPETENCE AS YOU PROVIDE YOUR SERVICE? I WILL HAVE TO GIVE YOU, UH, I'LL HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW HOW WE DO THAT.

BUT I KNOW THAT IN OUR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, UM, ASSETS, ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS CULTURAL COMPETENCE.

BUT

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PART OF THE THING THAT I WOULD HAVE TO TELL YOU, COMMISSIONER ILIAN, IS EXACTLY HOW WE DO THAT TO PROVIDE YOU SOME EXAMPLES.

BUT I DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT TODAY, BUT I WILL GET THAT.

I HAVE, I'M REALLY LUCKY I HAVE CASEY OVER THERE WRITING DOWN ALL THE QUESTIONS SO THAT I CAN PROVIDE YOU THE RESPONSES THAT YOU THANK YOU.

SO WE HAVE OUR PROGRAMS DIVIDED INTO SOME DIFFERENT SECTIONS.

THE COMMUNITY RECREATION PROGRAM IS THE, UH, THE MAIN PROVIDER OF OUR OUT SCHOOL TIME PROGRAMS. AND SO YOU'RE GONNA SEE THESE HEADINGS AS TO THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN THAT PROVIDE THIS.

SO THEY PROVIDE THINGS THAT ARE AFTER SCHOOL.

C CAMP MEANS THAT WE HAVE THE DAY CAMPS, WHEN A ISD DOESN'T HAVE SCHOOL, WE JUST CALL THEM C CAMPS, WHICH JUST MEANS THAT THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN TO SIGN UP FOR THOSE CAMPS.

AND THEN SUMMER CAMP.

AND WE'RE GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TEEN PROGRAMS. SO OUR RECREATION CENTER PROGRAM, I WON'T READ THIS TO YOU, BUT THIS BASICALLY GIVES YOU THE IDEAS OF WHAT HAPPENS AT A TYPICAL, UH, SUMMER CAMP.

UM, BEG, BEG YOUR PARDON.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM AT A RECREATION CENTER, IT'S OFFERED AT 15 RECREATION CENTERS, AND WE HAVE 600 AND 600 INDIVIDUALS ENROLLED.

WE DO HAVE SOME CAPACITY FOR 720 INDIVIDUALS, WHICH MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB OF UNDERSTANDING WHY SOME OF THOSE STUDENTS, IN SOME SPACES WE HAVE TOO MANY INDIVIDUALS.

SO WE HAVE WAITING LISTS, SETS FROM CERTAIN SCHOOLS TO CERTAIN RECREATION CENTERS, BUT IN OTHER AREAS, WE DON'T HAVE, UM, ENOUGH IN, WE DON'T HAVE THE SAME NUMBER.

WE DON'T HAVE A FULL ROSTER IN SOME RECREATION CENTERS.

AND SO WE'RE SIMILAR TO THIRD BASIN.

LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE SOME REVIEW AND SOME STRATEGIES TO WORK OUT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE SPOTS ARE FILLED, AND ALL THE CHILDREN WHO NEED A PROGRAM ARE SERVED.

OUR SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM IS, UH, THE SAME OFFERED AT 15 RECREATION CENTERS, AND WE HAVE 720, UH, SPACES AVAILABLE.

AND YOU MIGHT SAY, WHY ARE YOU LIMITING YOURSELF TO 720? AND THAT'S BECAUSE THAT'S THE CAPACITY OF THE RECREATION CENTER SPACE.

PHYSICALLY, YOU CAN ONLY PUT SO MANY HUMANS IN A GIVEN AREA.

AND THIS IS THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS BASED UPON A QUALITY PROGRAM, UNDERSTANDING THAT EVERYBODY HAVING ROOM TO MOVE AROUND HOW MUCH SPACE THAT WE ACTUALLY NEED.

AND THIS SLIDE TELLS YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THOSE, UM, WHAT THOSE PROGRAMS LOOK LIKE.

WE ALSO HAVE AN AREA CALLED THE CENTRALIZED PROGRAMMING DIVISION, AND THEY HELP US WITH OUR OUTREACH PROGRAM.

SO I THINK COMMISSIONER TRILLIAN, YOU SAID, WHAT ABOUT WHERE THERE'S NOT SOMETHING OR WHERE PEOPLE ARE AT.

WE TRY TO UTILIZE OUR CENTRALIZED PROGRAMMING DIVISION TO DO OUTREACH PROGRAMMING AND REACH THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PERHAPS ARE NOT RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO A RECREATION CENTER OR DON'T HAVE THAT ACCESS.

AND WE, WE HAVE COMMUNITY INITIATIVES, TEEN AND TEEN OUTREACH AND LEADERSHIP, AND THEN ALSO OUR THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES.

AND SO IN THE COMMUNITY RECREATION, HERE'S ALL THE NUMBERS, YOU'LL SEE WE, WE SERVE APPROXIMATELY, UH, 1400 INDIVIDUALS WITH FINANCIAL AID.

AND THEN WE HAVE ABOUT 728 INDIVIDUALS THAT RECEIVE THAT ADDITIONAL.

SO I TOLD YOU HOW WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT, UH, PROGRAMS. UM, WE ALSO HAVE ABOUT 135 ENHANCEMENT CLASSES THAT ARE PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THOSE, UM, THROUGH, THROUGHOUT OUR OUTTA SCHOOL TIME PROGRAM.

I'M SORRY, THROUGHOUT OUR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING.

AND THEN WE PROVIDE, UH, ABOUT 19, I'M SORRY, 90,000 MEALS THAT ARE FREE.

AND THAT IS ALSO PART OF A BACKPACK PROGRAM.

SO AT 13 SITES THAT QUALIFY FOR THE BACKPACK PROGRAM ON WEEKENDS, CHILDREN GO HOME WITH A BACKPACK, UH, WITH SOME BASIC ESSENTIALS FOR THEMSELVES OVER THE WEEKEND, AND THEN ALSO FOR, UM, FOR THEIR FAMILIES.

I, I'M NOT HERE TO SAY THAT IT FEEDS FAMILIES OF 10 OR ANYTHING, BUT IT'S A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF ESSENTIALS THAT WILL GO HOME WITH THEM.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE 19 SITES THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM, AND THAT INCLUDES SIX PLAYGROUND PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW NOT EVERY SITE QUALIFIES, RIGHT? THERE HAS TO BE CERTAIN CRITERIA THAT A PARTICULAR AREA OF THE CITY, UM, THAT YOU WOULD MEET.

SO NOT EVERY AREA OF THE CITY IS QUALIFIED FOR THESE PROGRAMS. OUR OUTREACH TEAM, UH, FOR OUR YOUTH PROGRAM, WE HAVE TWO.

WE HAVE A COUPLE OF PROGRAMS. WE HAVE TEENS IN LEADERSHIP, OR WE CALL IT THE TILT PROGRAM.

TOTALLY COOL.

TOTALLY.

ART AND ROVING LEADERS.

ROVING LEADERS IS EXACTLY LIKE IT SOUNDS.

IT GOES OUT INTO COMMUNITIES AND PICKS UP CHILDREN WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE EXACT, UH, DIRECT ACCESS TO A RECREATION CENTER AND EITHER TAKES THEM SOMEWHERE OR BRINGS THE PROGRAM TO THEM SO THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO, UM, IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN THESE DIFFERENT IDEAS.

SO WE HAVE THINGS THAT RELATED TO PUBLIC RELATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA AND BEING ABLE TO, UM, BE BEHIND A CAMERA AND PRODUCTION.

WE HAVE SPORTS LEADERSHIP WHERE CHI CHILDREN, I'M SORRY, TEENS ARE LEARNING NOT ONLY ABOUT THE SPORTS AND THE SPORTS SKILL SKILLS, BUT HOW TO BE COACHES OR HOW TO MAYBE PERHAPS LATER ON, UM, COACH IN OUR AREA IN THE PARK PARKS AND RECREATION CENTERS WHERE THEY CAN ACTUALLY BE PAID THEIR SKILL DEVELOPMENT, DEPENDING UPON, SOMETIMES THAT'S ROBOTICS, SOMETIMES THAT'S CODING.

JUST DEPENDS UPON THE PARTICULAR SKILL.

COOKING

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ESSENTIALS.

THAT'S CULINARY ARTS.

AGAIN, EACH OF THESE ARE TRYING TO HELP, UM, STUDENTS THAT ARE IN THAT TEEN GROUP LEARN A SKILL THAT MIGHT TAKE THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE, MIGHT GIVE THEM A JOB OPPORTUNITY.

UM, IT MIGHT ACTUALLY JUST HELP THEM AT HOME, RIGHT? IF THEY CAN COOK BETTER, THEN THEY'RE MAKING HEALTHY MEALS FOR THEMSELVES, AND THEN THEY'RE EATING GOOD STUFF WITH THEIR FAMILY.

UM, WE DID THIS IN PROGRAM HOURS BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO SAY EXACTLY WHERE THEY'RE AT, RIGHT? 'CAUSE IT DEPENDS UPON WHERE THE OUTREACH HOURS.

SO WE ACT, WE ARE, WE MEASURE THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM AND PROGRAM HOURS, AND SO OVER 1300 PROGRAM HOURS.

AND IT'S, UH, FREE PROGRAMMING TO TEENS.

THE SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROGRAM IS ALSO A FREE PROGRAM.

IT'S FREE DROP-IN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM NINE TO FIVE.

IT'S PRIMARILY SERVES CHILDREN AGES FIVE TO 12.

IF YOU SHOW UP AND YOU ARE OLDER THAN THAT, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY GOING TO ACCEPT YOU INTO THE PROGRAM OR HAVE YOU BE A PART OF THE PROGRAM.

IT'S JUST THAT THE ACTIVITIES ARE GEARED FOR AGES FIVE TO 12, UM, WHEN YOU'RE YOUNGER.

THEN FIVE, WE ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO TAKE CARE OF, UM, CHILDREN.

HOWEVER, I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW, SHOULD A THREE OR 4-YEAR-OLD COME WITH AN OLDER SIBLING, WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO MANAGE THAT.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE TELL CHILDREN THAT THEY HAVE TO GO AND SIT IN THEIR HOUSE INSTEAD OF PARTICIPATING IN A PLAYGROUND PROGRAM RIGHT DOWN THEIR STREET.

WE FIGURE IT OUT.

UM, THESE ARE SPREAD THROUGHOUT, UH, THE, THE CITY.

THEY'RE NORTH, CENTRAL AND SOUTH.

THERE'S ONLY SIX LOCATIONS.

AND, UM, YOU MIGHT SAY, WELL, GOSH, WHY AREN'T YOU DOING MORE? AND THE HONEST REASON IS JUST BECAUSE OF THE AVAILABLE FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM.

UM, BUT WE DID HAVE OVER 1200 ENROLLMENTS IN 2023, AND OBVIOUSLY 2024 IS COMING UP.

SO WE'LL HAVE DIFFERENT NUMBERS FOR THAT.

THIS FLYER TELLS YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THOSE PROGRAMS AND THE LOCATIONS.

THE OTHER SERVICE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE, AND I THINK THIS IS IN ALIGNMENT WITH THINGS THAT A-I-S-D-A-I-S-D IS ABLE TO DO, BUT WE PROVIDE THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES.

AND SO FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DISABILITIES AND, UM, ARE CHOOSING A PROGRAM THAT IS, UH, SPECIFICALLY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES, AND IT COULD BE COGNITIVE OR IT COULD BE PHYSICAL, THEY MIGHT GO TO THE MACBETH RECREATION CENTER OR THE ALAMO, OR THE DOTTIE JORDAN RECREATION CENTER FOR THOSE SERVICES.

BUT I ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW, WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL INCLUSION SERVICES, WHICH MEANS THAT IF A MOM OR A, A PARENT, SOMEBODY A GUARDIAN, SIGNS THE CHILD UP, A CHILD UP FOR A AFTERSCHOOL OR A SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM AND INDICATES THAT THERE MIGHT BE SOME, UH, UH, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION THAT IS NEEDED FOR THE CHILD TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT ANY OF OUR LOCATIONS, THEN WE HAVE A MECHANISM BY WHICH TO PROVIDE INCLUSION SERVICES.

AND USUALLY THAT COULD BE SOME ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT, IF THAT'S WHAT IT IS, OR IT COULD BE AN, AN ADDITIONAL IF INDIVIDUAL IN THE RATIO TO HELP A CHILD BE SUCCESSFUL IN THAT PROGRAM.

AND SO WE HAVE, UH, INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE CERTIFIED THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SPECIALISTS.

THEY'RE PART OF OUR THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROGRAM.

THOSE INDIVIDUALS HELP WITH THE EVALUATION AND THEN ACTUALLY CAN PROVIDE DIFFERENT GOALS AND STRATEGIES WHILE THE CHILD IS PARTICIPATING IN THE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM AS PART OF THERAPEUTIC RECREATION TO HELP, UM, FURTHER SOME GOALS THAT MIGHT BE CONSISTENT WITH THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN A ISD OR FRANKLY, FOR SOME PARENTS, IT'S JUST THEY JUST WANT THEIR CHILD TO BE ABLE TO HAVE FUN THIS SUMMER AND TAKE A BREAK FROM THAT.

AND I'M NOT SAYING ACADEMICS AREN'T IMPORTANT, I'M JUST SAYING THAT'S WHAT SOME, SOME PARENTS ARE SAYING TO US.

AND SO THEREFORE WE JUST PROVIDE WHATEVER THAT THAT CHILD NEEDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE PROGRAM.

AND HERE'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR, UM, ABOUT THE NUMBERS SURROUNDING THAT.

SO WE HAVE THESE IMMERSIVE PROGRAMS, AND IMMERSIVE PROGRAMS ARE ALSO MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL CENTERS.

AND SO THEY ALSO HAVE AFTERSCHOOL, SUMMER CAMP AND TEEN PROGRAMS. THESE PROGRAMS ARE SPECIFICALLY, UH, I THINK COMMISSIONER ILIAN, YOU ASKED ME ABOUT HOW DO YOU HELP WITH CULTURAL COMPETENCY.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO TELL YOU HOW WE DO THAT IN GENERAL.

I'M JUST GONNA CALL IT GENERAL.

BUT IN THESE IMMERSIVE PROGRAMS, SOME OF THEM ARE SPECIFICALLY AROUND PARTICULAR CULTURE.

SO INDIVIDUALS SIGN UP FOR THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY REALLY WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR CULTURE OR ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR THING.

AND ALL THE PROGRAMS HERE ARE, ARE RELATED TO THE THEME OF THAT PARTICULAR CAMP.

AND SO OBVIOUSLY THE ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE IS ABOUT ASIAN CULTURE.

THE DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER IS SPECIFICALLY ABOUT ARTS.

THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER IS SURROUND, IS ABOUT THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURE, AND THE GEORGE CARVER WASHINGTON MUSEUM IMMERSES CHILDREN IN, UM, IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE OR THE BLACK CULTURE, I THINK THAT THEY'VE HAD SINCE EXPANDED.

UM, THEIR, THEIR, UM, CULTURAL COMPETENCIES.

AND YOU'RE ALSO GONNA SEE IN HERE WHEN YOU WANNA IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO NATURE, THERE'S ALSO THOSE PROGRAMS. AND SO HERE'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED AT THE CULTURAL CENTERS.

THIS IS JUST A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE A SUMMER CAMP THAT IS BILINGUAL AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME, SPECIFICALLY BILINGUAL FOR, UM, MEXICAN AMERICAN OR MEXICAN, UM,

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USING THE SPANISH, SORRY, SPANISH.

HERE'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THOSE PROGRAMS. I'M, I'M JUST GONNA GO VERY QUICKLY.

CAMINOS IS THE IMMERSIVE YEAR LONG PROGRAM.

UH, IT'S AN INTERNSHIP THAT IS SPECIFICALLY FOR TEENS, AND THEN WE HAVE, UH, OTHER SUPPORT LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS AT THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER.

UM, WE HAVE PUBLIC OUTREACH AT THE MAC, AND WE ALSO HAVE, UM, DIFFERENT EXHIBITS THAT THE YOUTH WILL PUT TOGETHER THAT WE'LL PUT ON.

AND SO THESE PROGRAMS, NOT ONLY ARE THEY, UH, ENTERTAINING, BUT THEY'RE ALSO TEACHING SOME OF OUR YOUTH SOME SKILLS AT THE CULTURAL CENTERS.

UM, THESE ARE SOME OTHER PROGRAMS THAT WORK IN PROGRESS, WHICH IS AN IMMERSIVE PROGRAM THAT PREPARES TEENS IN LIVING IN, UH, AUSTIN, IF THEY'RE INTERESTED SPECIFICALLY IN THE ARTS.

THIS IS OFFERED OUT OF THE DOHERTY ARTS CENTER.

AND THEN ALSO WE HAVE, UM, THE DOHERTY ARTS CENTER IS PART OF THE CULTURAL PROGRAMS WITHIN THE RECREATION CENTER THAT COMMITS TO ADDRESSING ECONOMIC AND RACIAL INEQUALITIES WITHIN THE CITY.

SO TEENS FROM HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE WIP PROGRAM.

UM, THESE ARE THE NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS WITH THE CAMACHO RECREATION CENTER.

IT'S REALLY AN OUTDOOR, UH, ACTIVE RECREATION PROGRAM.

THEY DO THINGS LIKE HOW TO RIDE, UM, DIRT, NOT DIRT BIKES, MOUNTAIN BIKES.

UM, THEY HAVE, UH, A, A FILMING COMPONENT.

UM, THEY HAVE A FILM FESTIVAL AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

THEY DO CAVING, KAYAKING, CANOEING, EVERYTHING OUTDOORS.

SO IF YOU'RE IN THE SUMMERTIME OR WALKING THE TRAIL, YOU MIGHT SEE A GROUP OF 12 TO 18 KIDS RIDING ON A BIKE.

THEY'RE PROBABLY PART OF THIS PROGRAM.

THERE'S 122 CLASSES, UM, 274 HOURS OF PROGRAMMING.

IT TELLS YOU ALL THE PARTICIPANTS BY THE NUMBERS.

AND THEN WE HAVE OUR AUSTIN NATURE AND SCIENCE CENTER, AGAIN, IMMERSING CHILDREN IN NATURE.

THEY HAVE ABOUT 1100 PARTICIPANTS.

UM, THEY HAVE, UH, EVEN IN THE HEAT WAVE, WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO OFFER THESE PROGRAMS. AND SO WE HAVE, UM, 655 CAMPERS THAT ARE ENROLLED, ENROLLED ACROSS 10 WEEKS.

UM, THEY DO THINGS LIKE ALSO OUT OF THE NATURE CENTER, KAYAKING, CAVING, SNORKELING, ANIMAL PRESENTATIONS, AND THEN LEARN ABOUT FLORA AND FAUNA AND HOW TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE, OF THE, UM, OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE PARK RANGER CADET PROGRAM.

THIS IS VERY SPECIFIC TO TEENS.

IT'S IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AIKENS, OR IT USED TO BE IN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AIKENS, UM, WHERE WE HAVE A CADET PROGRAM AND THE CADET PROGRAM, UM, WE HELP PREPARE YOUNG, UM, YOUNG INDIVIDUALS TO BECOME CADETS.

AND SO IT'S A FEEDER PROGRAM INTO THE, UM, PARK RANGER PROGRAM, BUT ALSO THIS PARK RANGER, UH, CADET PROGRAM.

AND THE PARK RANGERS THEMSELVES TRY TO ENHANCE PARTICULAR PROGRAMS THAT ARE, UH, FREE PROGRAMS TO CHILDREN.

SO WE HAVE SOMETHING CALLED BOREDOM BUSTERS.

SO IN ORDER FOR THOSE CHILDREN TO GET A, 'CAUSE IT'S A FREE PROGRAM, IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME EXPERIENCES IN SOME IMMERSION AND EXPOSURE TO THINGS THAT THEY MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE HAVE, THIS IS AN OUTREACH PROGRAM THAT GOES SPECIFICALLY TO BOARD AND BUSTERS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN ENJOY, UM, NATURE ACTIVITIES AND SO ON.

SPECIFIC DAYS THAT PARENTS ARE OKAY WITH, WE WILL TAKE CHILDREN KAYAKING OR TO OTHER, UM, OTHER LOCATIONS TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING THAT THEY MIGHT NOT GET AT THEIR, UH, AT THEIR RECREATION CENTER.

UM, SOMETHING VERY SPECIFIC THAT I THOUGHT WAS IMPORTANT TO MENTION IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A REALLY GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH A ISD WITH, UH, SUPERINTENDENT, UH, SURA.

IN ORDER FOR US TO HAVE GREEN SCHOOL PARKS AND THAT GREEN SCHOOL PARKS ALLOW, UH, CHILDREN TO BE IMMERSED IN NATURE, 80% OF THE CHILDREN ACROSS THE WORLD ARE LIVING IN AN URBAN SETTING.

UM, THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM ALLOWS US TO HAVE 21 SCHOOLS WHERE WE ARE, UH, PARTNERING WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO CREATE SPACES THAT ARE NOT ONLY JUST FOR LEARNING, BUT IMMERSION INTO NATURE AND ALLOWS CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY TO USE IT, NOT JUST FOR THE CURRICULUM AND THE SCHOOL DAY, BUT THEN ALSO AFTER SCHOOL.

AND SO WE'RE INCREDIBLY THANKFUL TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT WHILE THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY A SPECIFIC SUMMER CAMP OR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM, AND IS AN OUTTA SCHOOL TIME, UH, PROGRAM, THAT A ISD HELPS TO SUPPORT AND ALLOWS THE, UH, THE FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE SCHOOL EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT OPEN FOR SCHOOL TIME BUSINESS.

THAT WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION.

HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND IF I CAN'T ANSWER THEM, I WILL GET THE INFORMATION TO YOU.

THANK YOU, MS. MCNEELY.

SO I THINK WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE QUESTION.

, UH, THAT WAS VERY GOOD.

UM, BUT REALLY QUICKLY, YES.

UM, UP, I APPRECIATE THE EXPLANATION OF WHAT THE PROGRAMS ARE.

I'M INTERESTED IN WHO THE PROGRAMS SERVE.

SO WHAT WE TRY TO DO AT THE COUNTY IS IDENTIFY WHERE, WHERE WE LOCATE THE PROGRAM, WHERE IT PHYSICALLY SITS, AND THEN WHO IT SERVES GIVES ME AN IDEA.

MM-HMM.

OF THE, OF THE, UH, THE PLACES WHERE WE'RE, WHERE WE'RE SERVING KIDS, AND THEN THE GAPS WHERE WE NEED TO SERVE.

I'D BE INTERESTED IN KNOWING, UH, WHERE YOU'RE LOCATED AND WHO YOU SERVE.

I COULD MAP THOSE FOR YOU, COMMISSIONER AND SEND THEM.

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YES, I'D BE INTERESTED IN THAT AS WELL.

CAN CHAIR.

SO IN THOSE, IN THOSE, UM, AREAS WHERE THE CULTURAL CENTERS ARE IN A SPECIFIC PLACE, WE ONLY HAVE ONE CULTURAL CENTER SET, YOU KNOW, OF, OF A PARTICULAR KIND IN A, BUT WE CAN TELL YOU WHERE THOSE, UH, WHERE THE PARTICIPANTS ARE COMING FROM.

SO WE WILL MAP THAT FOR YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THAT WAS SUCH AN EXCELLENT PRESENTATION.

UM, SO MUCH GOOD INFORMATION.

AND, AND CHAIR, I'LL JUST OFFER, MY KIDS HAVE DONE SEVERAL OF THESE CAMPS AND THEY REALLY ARE REMARKABLE.

AND ALSO JUST THE PARK