Expanded Learning Resources

Out-of-school time (OST) and expanded learning programs play an increasingly vital role in improving educational equity for all children. Research shows that high-quality programs can narrow achievement gaps and provide critical developmental supports young people need to become successful adults. 

Out-of-School Time

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Funders' Guide to Quality in Out-of-School Time (2016)

Participating in out-of-school time (OST) programs can be transformational in the lives of young people, but only if the efforts are high quality. This guide provides recommendations to grantmakers about how they can increase quality in OST through local, regional, statewide and national grantmaking and other strategies. Download the report »


Grantmakers and Thought Leaders on Out-of-School Time (2014)

This report highlights survey and interview data gathered from a diverse group of grantmakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, and advocates. Findings include the most desired outcomes of OST grants: improved academic achievement, increased engagement, positive development, and 21st century skill building. Download the report »


What Can Funders Do to Improve SEL Practices in OST and In-School Settings? (2016)

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Every Hour Counts Funder Convening (2016)

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Investing in Intermediaries to Build OST Quality: A Grantmaker Discussion (2015)

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Out of School Time Quality Improvement Event (2015)


Leveraging the Opportunity that Out-of-School Time Brings to Common Core (2014)


Quality in Out-of-School Time Podcast (2014)

An Exploration of Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time (2014)
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Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning Afterschool (2013)
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Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: Non-cognitive Factors and Out-of-School Time (2013)
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What's Happening in Washington, DC? (2012)

Summer Counts: How Programs Can Boost Children's Learning (2011)
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What We're Learning About What Kids Are Learning: Research & Evaluation in Out-of-School Time (2011)