Leading Organizations

 Afterschool Organizations

  • Coalition for Science Afterschool (http://www.scienceafterschool.org/): Efforts include coordinating and mobilizing an alliance of community stakeholders to strengthen and expand opportunities for young people to do and learn science in afterschool.
  • Forum for Youth Investment (http://www.forumfyi.org): Provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections, and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for youth.
  • Foundations Inc. (http://www.foundationsinc.org): is a nonprofit organization committed to improving educational experiences for America’s children and youth—throughout the day, everywhere they learn.  Services include professional development, training, technical assistance, assessment tools, and publications.  Additionally, Foundations and the United States Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, convene the annual Beyond School Hours® Winter Institute, a major professional development event in the afterschool world. 
  • 4-H SET Initiative (http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/scienceengineeringtechnology.aspx): 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology Programs reach millions of youth in an effort to engage them in STEM careers. 
  • Great Science for Girls (http://www.edequity.org/gsg/): Delivers curricula, research, and professional development to the afterschool field, helping promote the concept that science is, indeed, a “girl thing.”
  • Harvard Family Research Project (http://www.hfrp.org/out-of-school-time): Its out-of-school (OST) time research strives to promote quality, accessibility, and sustainability of OST programs and activities.
  • National Afterschool Association (http://www.naaweb.org): Membership organization for practitioners working in out-of-school time. It focuses on professional development, public policy, and advocacy. 
  • National Girls Collaborative Project (http://www.pugetsoundcenter.org/ngcp/): Network, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, connecting organizations that work to increase gender equity in STEM fields.
  • National Institute for Out-of-School Time (http://www.niost.org): Research, training, education and program development related to out-of-school time.
  • National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks (http://www.statewideafterschoolnetworks.net):  Association of 38 statewide afterschool networks funded by the Mott Foundatin, with an emphasis on building partnerships and influencing public policy to secure resources for afterschool.
  • PEAR at Harvard (http://www.pearweb.org/): The Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) is dedicated to making meaningful theoretical and practical contributions to youth development, school reform and prevention.
  • SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool (http://www.sedl.org/afterschool): provides assistance and training, tools and resources for state education agencies and local practitioners.

Policy Leaders

  • Afterschool Alliance (http://www.afterschoolalliance.org): Working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs by raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.
  • Corporate Voices for Working Families (http://www.cvworkingfamilies.org): Committed to improving the lives of working families by developing and advancing innovative policies that reflect collaboration among the private sector, government and other stakeholders.
  • National Governors’ Association (http://www.nga.org): The bipartisan organization of the nation's governors promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy.
  • National League of Cities (http://www.nlc.org): The largest national organization representing municipal governments through the United States and serves as a resource to and advocate for the cities, villages, and towns it represents.

Key Afterschool Funders

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (http://www.mott.org): Through its programs, the Foundation seeks to fulfill its mission of supporting efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.
  • JCPenney (http://www.jcpenneyafterschool.org): Committed to advancing the afterschool movement in JCPenney communities by increasing access for children in need, inspiring innovation in the field, and elevating awareness of the value of afterschool programs.
  • National Science Foundation (http://www.nsf.gov): NSF was created in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense."
  • Noyce Foundation (http://www.noycefdn.org): Noyce is dedicated to stimulating ideas and supporting initiatives designed to produce significant improvement in teaching and learning in mathematics, science and literacy in grades K-12.
  • US Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/): The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children.