Advancing Afterschool

We work to increase access to quality educational opportunities for all children — particularly those from low-income families and underserved communities.

Preparing a child for the future doesn’t end when the school bell rings.

How It Works

The hours before and after school — and during the summer months — provide opportunities for children and youth to engage in learning, and the space for the kinds of activities that encourage curiosity, creativity and confidence.

Students who attend afterschool and summer programs are better prepared for work and life. They attend school more, make gains in reading and math, improve their grades and have higher graduation rates. And they develop positive social skills and improve their behavior during the regular school day.

Our interest in afterschool and summer learning programs spans 80 years of support, from the early development of community schools through our partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. Now serving more than 1.6 million children and young people at 11,000 sites across the country, these local programs provide a wealth of practical information and data on the impact of and need for afterschool and summer learning opportunities.

Mott is dedicated to making afterschool and summer learning programs available for every child and family who needs them. Through our support of afterschool networks in all 50 states, as well as key national education organizations, our grantmaking helps to inform policies, develop partnerships and shape practices that will sustain and increase the quality of local programs across the U.S.

Currently, our grantmaking focuses on two areas:

Policy and Partnerships

Our grants support the development of informed policies and strong partnerships needed to increase the availability and quality of afterschool and summer learning programs:

We make grants to:

  • organizations that support statewide afterschool networks and partnerships;
  • nonprofit groups working on education and afterschool policy, best practices development, research, and communications at the national level; and
  • organizations with expertise in complementary approaches to afterschool and summer learning, including community schools and early education.

We do not fund the operation of individual afterschool programs.

Quality and Innovation

Our funding supports research-based and data-driven practices that can be used to engage children and young people in learning, prepare them for college and careers, and connect them with their communities.

We make grants to:

  • national nonprofit groups that provide technical assistance and/or regrant funds to state and local groups to support statewide afterschool networks; and
  • organizations with expertise in research-based practices that include: digital media and learning; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); music and the arts; and service learning.

Afterschool programs are a critical first step in the process of changing not just how we educate our children, but how we come together, in partnership — school and community — to ensure their success.

William S. White, Chairman and CEO