All children and youth deserve to have high-quality out-of-school time (OST) learning experiences that promote their success in school, in the workforce, and in life. EDC works to ensure they do. In collaboration with a wide array of partners—program, community, federal and state agency, foundation, business and industry, families—we lead initiatives targeted to expand access to high-quality OST learning. Drawing on research and best practices, our OST experts provide resources and consultation that build programs' capacity to engage young people in challenging and fun learning and career exploration, to promote their health and well-being, and to foster key executive function and employability skills. Our researchers and evaluators produce data that practitioners, program leaders, and policymakers use to strengthen and enhance afterschool and summer learning initiatives for children, youth, and families. Learn more about our current initiatives and resources:
- EDC leads the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). View the rich array of tools, profiles, and information in the NCASE Resource Library.
- Since 2003, EDC's YouthLearn team has worked with public and private clients to design programs, develop curriculum, and deliver professional development that provides educators with the tools they need to empower young people and guide them in meaningful learning experiences connected with real world issues.
- Explore some of EDC's work to Investigate Informal Learning and check out our STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) extensive resources related to STEM learning in out-of-school time environments.
- Browse some of our resources related to out-of-school time learning.
- Learn about EDC's work to promote youth and workforce development across the U.S. and around the world.