History of KIN
The Kids' Involvement Network was developed through the North East Community Education department in 1990 to serve sixth graders at Ed White and Wood Middle Schools, becoming the first district administered after school program for middle school students in the state and one of the first in the nation. Over the next couple of years, through a partnership with the City of San Antonio's After School Challenge program, more middle schools were added. Fall 1993 saw KIN expanded from just middle schools to include two elementary sites - Thousand Oaks and Walzem. As new schools were built the KIN program expanded.
In 1998, North East Community Education became one of the first cadres of programs nationwide to be awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant through the US Department of Education for school, community and after-school activities at Nimitz Academy. The Department received a second 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant in 2000 to provide activities at Colonial Hills, Ridgeview, and Wilshire elementary schools.
A 2003 Texas Education Agency After-School Initiative grant enabled the KIN program to focus on mathematics and character development in eight middle schools.
Another 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant was awarded in 2004 to extend activities at Colonial Hills, Ridgeview, Wilshire and additionally provide after school and summer activities at Dellview and Walzem elementary schools.
KIN is the District's after school program with sites at every North East elementary and middle school campus with close to 7000 students served annually. The KIN program hires more than 300 employees.
The Kids' Involvement Network has been recognized by the National Community Education Association, the Texas Community Education Association and USA Today as an Outstanding After School Program.