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The Mott Foundation’s Pathways to Opportunity program supports initiatives around the U.S. that promote learning beyond the classroom especially for traditionally underserved children and youth — as a strategy for improving public education.

This grantmaking includes strengthening afterschool through technical assistance, research, evaluation and policy development, and by building public support. We also fund community schools internationally under our Civil Society program, as well as afterschool-related projects in Mott’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, via our Flint Area program.


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Afterschool activities can improve academic performance and work habits, especially among children from low-income families, according to research by Deborah Lowe Vandell, dean of the School of Education at the University of California Irvine. Read about her findings in an interview with The Hechinger Report.


Afterschool is not an afterthought: Terry Peterson strives to keep momentum growing for the field

Terry K. Peterson - teacher, school administrator, community organizer and policymaker

Terry Peterson

Colleagues in the field call him "Mr. Afterschool." It's a title Terry Peterson doesn’t take lightly.

As chair of the Afterschool Alliance, Peterson strives to promote expanded learning as a strategy for school reform — particularly for students from low-income schools and neighborhoods. His experience and expertise make him a sought-after speaker on the national lecture circuit.

As a teacher, school administrator, community organizer and policymaker, Peterson has spent his career working with students, parents, community groups and elected officials to increase children’s access to high-quality public education. And he's convinced that better-quality afterschool and summer learning programs are essential components.

“Even when a school is performing well, the regular school day lacks sufficient time and opportunities to expose children and young people to the kind of academic, social and enrichment activities that will help them excel in school and in life,” he said.

“The only way schools have a shot at graduating a lot more students who are college- or career-ready is to provide more time, more people and more helping hands to get them there.

“That’s why afterschool and summer learning programs matter.”

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Video Courtesy of Providence Afterschool Alliance


Additional Resources


Afterschool Alliance   Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project   The Finance Project’s Out-of-School Time Clearinghouse   Harvard Family Research Project's Out-of-School Time Program Research and Evaluation Database   National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks