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Pupil and Teacher

Before & After Care

Balancing Learning & Fun
Before & After School

DCA's before- and after-school care program provides a safe and nurturing place for children during, before and after school hours. These programs are available for school-age children to bridge the time between school and a parent's work schedule, as well as to provide full-time child care during school breaks and summer vacation.


The children will have the opportunity to be creative and form new friendships through free play, arts & crafts, and outdoor activities.  They will also have the opportunity to complete their homework with guidance as needed.  The teachers are here to support your child in completing their homework, which frees up time in the evenings for you to be together as a family.

Whenever school is out, our before and after school program is there to encourage a child's desire for new challenges and opportunities that celebrate their expanding world.


Transportation services between your child’s school and DCA may be available.

Fun & Creative

Fun, creative, engaging opportunities await your child on school day mornings and afternoons. Our program for focuses on creative play, homework support, imaginative activities, and a healthy snack to keep them energized.


Academic Support

During afternoon sessions, we provide dedicated time for your child to receive homework support.


Each school-age classroom is stocked with school supplies and educational resources to support their homework completion.

Your child’s teacher is available to help with completing homework allowing him or her to enjoy the rest of the day—including family time in the evening.

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DCA participates and is in good standing with Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). For children able to eat table food, the center will provide breakfast, morning and afternoon snack and lunch.


An alternate snack is provided for children with allergies. However, copies of any restricted diet, approved by the child's physician, must be on file at the center.

School Bus


DCA provides transportation to and from DeSoto elementary school during the school year.


All children participating in this program must have form 2935, admissions information, signed by the parent and on file, authorizing DCA to transport the child.

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At-Risk Feeding Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) supports the health and wellness of low-income children, people with disabilities and elderly Texans, by helping feed these at-risk populations while their parents or caretakers are working.


Child care centers and homes, after-school programs, adult day care centers and emergency shelters participate in CACFP to provide nutritious meals and snacks to individuals in their care at low or no cost to families.

Charity Volunteers


The impact of mentoring is monumental in improving educational achievement. Many mentoring programs are focused on improving academics as it is seen as a tangible measures of success. At DCA, we work to provide a program that is safe, fun, and makes a measurable difference, with an ultimate goal of imparting to them the skills needed to achieve success in the 21st Century.

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Youth Development

Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Youth development is promoted through activities and experiences that help youth develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.


As children grow mentally, emotionally and physically, they need support along the way. We've created a Youth Development Roadmap to show key developmental milestones and opportunities in a child's life.

Nature Class

Life Skills Activities

A skill is a learned ability. Life Skills are those competencies that assist people in functioning well in the environments in which they live.


Because skills are best learned through practice, many experiences that teach or reinforce skills must be provided. Mastery of any skill requires opportunities to try, make mistakes, and try again.

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Register For Before/After Care

Contact us today to learn more about our Before/After care program and transportation services. To register, click the link below to complete the online registration.

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