Afterschool programs play a critical role in keeping kids healthy and active.



The Mott Foundation’s Education 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.


Georgia one of 32 states to adopt standards for afterschool programs


Congratulations to the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, recognized in this video for its work in developing quality standards for the state’s afterschool programs. Produced by WXIA-TV in Atlanta and featuring Network Lead Katie Landes, the standards — now in place in 32 states — are helping providers, families and funders build a common language around high-quality programming that benefits students academically, socially and emotionally.

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Photo by Adam Stoltman

Created to align and reinforce what children are learning during regular school hours, the standards emphasize best practice across the following areas:

  • Active and engaging learning;
  • Linkages to the school day and the Common Core State Standards;
  • Health, nutrition and physical fitness;
  • Environment (indoor and outdoor space);
  • Relationships, culture and diversity;
  • Staffing, volunteers and professional development; and
  • Continuous improvement.

Since 2004, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted $900,000 to the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, which is a member of a 50-state national network supported by Mott.


Afterschool in Indiana: How Michigan City is using STEM to train the next generation workforce


Safe Harbor STEM afterschool programWhen Herb Higgin, coordinator of the Safe Harbor afterschool program in Michigan City, Indiana, asked Al Walus to mentor a newly organized high school robotics team, Walus not only signed on as a volunteer, but eventually recruited 16 engineers from other area companies.

Walus is a longtime member of Michigan City’s Economic Development Corporation and on the staff of Christopher Burke Engineering. He was concerned with preparing the area’s next-generation workforce — one capable of filling the increasingly high-tech, high-skill demands of local industry and businesses.

“Afterschool was our foot in the door,” he said. “It was an opportunity to pique kids’ interest in science, technology and engineering.”

Increasingly, Walus is convinced that afterschool is a space where curriculum innovation can take place — innovations that eventually could impact the regular school day.

“Our local branch of Purdue University had expanded their engineering program — that’s what ultimately sold me on the value of Safe Harbor,” he said. “If our kids are going to take advantage of that opportunity, we have to start engaging them with the sciences before high school. That’s just too late.”

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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