What is Dallas City of Learning?

Dallas City of Learning is a partnership between Big Thought, the City of Dallas, and Dallas ISD to ensure all students have access to high-quality summer learning programs that stem summer learning loss. Together, we work with a powerful network of over 330 neighborhood, community and city partners to connect students to free or low-cost local resources and opportunities.'


Closing the Opportunity Gap

Students who do not have access to high-quality programming during the summer can lose 2-3 months’ worth of learning, which means they start the next school year behind. This lack of equitable access to crucial out-of-school education and social-emotional learning time creates what we define as the Opportunity Gap.


Our Impact

Over the last 3 years, Dallas City of Learning has served over 50,000 students. Students who regularly attended Dallas ISD programs as part of Dallas City of Learning saw significant advantages in math and reading, equivalent to 20-25% of a year’s learning*.

*RAND National Summer Learning Study, 2016

Dallas City of Learning is Made Possible by the Generosity of our Funding Partners

National Endowment for the Arts
Edward W. Rose III Family Fund of The Dallas Foundation
Eugene McDermott Foundation
Perot Foundation
The M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation
The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation
Hirsch Family Foundation
The Meadows Foundation
The Boone Family Foundation
Tucker and Rich Enthoven
Texas Education Agency
The Rees-Jones Foundation
Bank of America
Best Buy
Capital One
Donna Wilhelm Family Philanthropy Fund
Sapphire Foundation, Inc.
Liberty Mutual
Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation The Pat and Astrid Merriman Fund Perot Foundation
Norma and Don Stone
Foundation for Community Empowerment
Rosemary Haggar Vaughan Family Foundation
Lockheed Martin
Pat and Astrid Merriman Fund
Agnes Cluthe Oliver Foundation
ORIX Foundation
Perkins-Prothro Foundation
Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation
Carolyn and Karl Rathjen
Ben E. Keith Company
Microsoft Corporation
Mary Anne S. Cree
The Walt Disney Company
Frost Bank
Locke Lord LLP
New York Life Foundation
Pizza Hut
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Solomon Fund of The Dallas Foundation

As of February 23, 2017 | List includes multi-year pledges in Fiscal Years 2016 & 2017