The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project is a 50-state initiative harnessing the power of networks and leaders to help schools and communities leverage the time beyond school to accelerate student achievement by:

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Catherine DelVento has worked in the afterschool field for the last ten years. Her diverse experiences include coordinating 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs, co-directing a youth center and developing summer inclusion programs. Catherine is a political strategist and consultant for Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership directing legislative strategy. Catherine also serves as a mentor to new 21st CCLC Programs in Massachusetts providing technical assistance and professional guidance to programs in years one and two of funding.

Joe Davis is an expanded learning advocate serving as the chief operating officer for the Florida Afterschool Network. Previously, Joe served as chief of the Bureau of Family and Community Outreach at the Florida Department of Education. Joe's commitment to Florida's children and families has resulted in several awards, including a statewide "Award of Excellence" from the Florida Afterschool Alliance, an Honorary Life Membership in the Florida PTA, and status as a fellow with the Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Institute (JTI).


High quality expanded learning, afterschool and summer programs incorporate:

  • School-Community Partnerships. Building upon strong collaboration between communities and schools
  • Engaged Learning. Incorporating learning that is hands-on and engaging
  • Affordability and Scalability. Utilizing financial models that are affordable, scalable and sustainable
  • Learning Time after School and during the Summer. Adding significant time for learning and enrichment that complements the school day
  • Family Engagement. Engaging families to participate in their children's learning
  • Health and Wellness. Linking to meals and providing opportunities and supports for physical and mental well-being

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A partnership of funders led by the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Noyce Foundation lead and support the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project.

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