Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning

The Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning at Foundations, Inc. provides professional development, technical assistance, tools and publications tailored to the unique world of afterschool, summer, and expanded day and year programs.

Working with inschool and afterschool leaders, educators, directors and organizations, the Center helps build the high quality programs all children deserve. Field-wide, we provide technical assistance for sustainable system-building to make effective, accessible, high quality programming the norm across the country.

Each year, thousands of leaders and practitioners benefit from our trainings that show how to make out-of-school time a dynamic place for learning and healthy development for children K-12.

Staff Development

Put Best Practices in Action

Effective professional development turns best practice research into on-site action. The Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning provides professional development to build the educational quality of programs serving children and youth from kindergarten through high school.

Working with afterschool organizations, networks, charter schools, school districts, and program directors and leaders, we offer professional development and training that equips leaders and staff with approaches, techniques and tools they need to make-and keep-out-of-school time an exciting space for learning. We work with national, state, and local leaders to build systems and processes to keep the quality going and growing.

Learn More About Trainings From the Center

Talk with staff at the Center to select trainings to fit your needs, schedule, and resources.

Fees are based on time, materials, travel, and number of participants. Please contact the Center for details.

Afterschool education-what it is and how to do it from elementary through high school

Support school content learning

Link with the school day

Family engagement

English language learning and literacy

Sustain quality

Tools and publications to keep it going

FREE Live Collaborative Sessions

Engage in our quarterly live online discussions on topics relevant to practitioners from afterschool, expanded learning and OST programs across the country. Each 45-minute Live Collaborative Session is facilitated by one of our experienced trainers and provides an opportunity to network with peers.

On-Demand Online Training

View any one PD On-Demand for $29.95 available for 24 hours after purchase.

Staff Training Packages are also available, giving you unlimited access to all 23 PD On-Demand Online Trainings to customize staff’s professional development and quickly train new hires.

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In-Person Training

The Center’s hands-on trainings equip directors, coordinators and program staff with the skills and the knowledge to design and implement effective afterschool and expanded learning time programs for children, K-12.

  • Professional development to fit your schedule
  • Multi day, full day, half day options
  • Conference workshops
  • Program content, including activities and planning tools

Technical Assistance

The Center works with multi-site programs and networks in a planned, focused, and sequential way over time to build the capacity of leaders to meet their goals. We work intensively with organizations to identify resources and challenges, clarify goals, and address specific needs for quality improvement.

Our focus is building the capacity of organizations to:

  • Provide and sustain effective staff development
  • Build leadership
  • Assess the quality of the programs
  • Design and develop effective programming
  • Enhance academic supports, afterschool style, including:
    • Essential approaches of out-of-school time
    • Techniques, methods, and materials
    • High quality homework time
    • Supporting English language learning and literacy
    • Plan practical program improvements
    • Improve family engagement

The Center provides technical assistance through on-site visits, consultations, online trainings, and coaching.

Beyond School Hours® Conference

Foundations’ national Beyond School Hours® conference is a one-stop shop to collect information, connect with colleagues and renew your commitment to the youth you serve.

Each year, attendees from across the nation learn how to support programming that offers positive social interaction, improves academic achievement and creates a safe, welcoming environment for children and youth of all ages.

Attendees also have the opportunity to build their skills through the variety of workshops offered during the conference by the Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning.

For more information about this year’s conference, click here.

To learn more about the Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning, call 888-977-5437 or email

Phone: 1-888-977-5437
Address: 701 East Gate Drive, Suite 300, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054

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