Out-of-School Time

In the U.S., over 10 million young people take part in out-of-school time programs that play a key role in promoting their learning and well-being, and studies show that 19 million more would do so if programs were available. EDC helps expand access to high-quality OST programs that support children and youth—especially those in high-poverty urban and rural areas—by providing safe, positive environments that engage and inspire them, help them explore careers, and enhance their work in school.

Our experts care passionately about building OST educators’ capacity to support young people's learning and well-being. We design user-friendly guides, tools, and professional learning experiences that help educators promote fun, yet substantive informal learning and provide mentoring. Our evaluators and researchers advance knowledge of OST innovations, successes, and challenges to inform OST policy-making and strengthen programs and systems.

Interested? Explore our projects, people, and publications, and contact us to find out how we can help you open the door to outstanding OST learning for all children and youth.

Featured Projects:

Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation is studying the outcomes of this initiative to provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Contact Leslie Goodyear.

Investigating Digital Badges as Assessment in Informal Science Learning involves us in collaborating with U.K. researchers to plan a study for exploring the potential of digital badge systems to connect and build on in-school and informal STEM learning. Contact Jim Diamond.

Middle Grades Career Mentors—Digital Resources for Effective CTE STEM Mentoring engages EDC in conducting formative research and a pilot study on a WGBH Educational Foundation initiative to advance knowledge of out-of-school time mentorship as a strategy to interest middle schoolers from underrepresented groups in career and technical education and STEM-focused careers. Contact Ashley Presser Lewis.

NASA@ My Library Evaluation is examining an initiative in which NASA and the public library community are working together to enhance the STEM literacy of library patrons, with a focus on under-served and underrepresented populations, throughout the nation. Contact Ginger Fitzhugh.

National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment increases low-income school-age children's access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement. Contact Tony Streit.

PLUM Rx Study engages us in collaborating with WGBH to design, test, and refine a toolkit--animations, videos, games, hands-on science activities--to support low-income families and informal educators in urban settings in engaging children in outdoor exploration and active science learning. Contact Marion Goldstein.

Science Fairs Under the ‘Scope examines the impact of science fairs on students’ mastery of science and engineering practices, the role that science fairs play in sparking interest in science education and careers, and the cost. Contact Abigail Jurist LevyJackie DeLisi, or Marian Pasquale.

SciGirls Code Evaluation engages us in examining a joint Twin Cities Public Television/National Girls Collaborative Program, which integrates the strategies of the PBS television program “SciGirls Code” into a computer science program for middle-school girls in out-of-school time. Contact Carrie Liston.

STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) supports a network of ITEST projects, including many that take place in out-of-school time programs, in using technology to engage students—particularly those from groups currently underrepresented in STEM careers—in rich informal STEM learning. Contact Sarita Pillaior Carrie Parker.

Techbridge Broad Implementation Evaluation is studying the expansion of the Techbridge afterschool program to three new cities around the U.S. and examining its impact on girls' STEM learning and career interest. Contact Ginger Fitzhugh.

YouthLearn provides youth development professionals and out-of-school time educators with curriculum and professional develoment that supports them in creating exciting learning environments that empower young people and guide them in meaningful learning experiences connected with real world issues. Contact Tony Streit, Wendy Rivenburgh, or Kate Goddard.