NIOST Continues Partnership on the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment

November 11, 2022

Summer camp activity with parachuteThe National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) will continue its partnership with the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) to guide the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). Since 2015, NCASE has advanced the goal of expanding supply and access to afterschool and summer learning and development opportunities for school-age children.

With a $9.4 million award from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, EDC will work with NIOST and long-time NCASE collaborators, the National Summer Learning Association and Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc., over the next four years to ensure that school-age children across the country benefit from high-quality out-of-school time (OST) learning that helps them thrive academically, physically, and emotionally. Their work will have a special focus on enhancing OST care for children and youth from working families with low incomes.

"We are honored to continue this successful partnership,” said NIOST Director Georgia Hall, Ph.D. "We are deeply committed to the mission and vision of NCASE and its support for expanding and improving OST services for children in low-income communities."

Through NCASE, NIOST curates a 400-item Resource Library—which connects users with tools, profiles, and information on a range of key topics in OST—and contributes to webinars and peer-learning communities. These resources provide training and technical assistance to states, territories, tribes, and community partners that use the federal Child Care and Development Fund to support access to OST programs for low-income families.

A few of NCASE’s other key areas of focus include:

  • Deliver a wide range of learning events, including national trainings, professional learning groups, and conference presentations;
  • Conduct research and share findings on the current status of the OST workforce and strategies to strengthen the field; and
  • Consult with a technical working group that includes leading researchers, OST providers, representatives of state, territory, and Tribal agencies, and other stakeholders.

Learn more about NCASE.


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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