I'm very happy to share this online community with you, our talented and hard-working 21st Century afterschool professionals. We've developed this entire website based on what you're telling us you need to create engaging afterschool programs. The site will help you connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your program practices. Thank you for joining us!

Director, Office of Academic Improvement Programs
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Elementary & Secondary Education

Our Blog

Understanding and Engaging Families

Just like the youth your programs serve, no two families are alike. Often we think of diversity just as race or ethnicity, but it has many other aspects (e.g., social class, geography, age, abilities). Acknowledging and better understanding differences can help build cultural com... Read More »


New Discussions

We've added two new discussion topics!

Interested in summer learning programs? Maybe you have one, or you want to start one. Guest blogger Patrick Duhon made suggestions in two blogs, and now is available to answer your questions about budgeting and program design.

What does Y4Y do for you? Please tell us how you and your colleagues turn our professional learning experiences and tools into stronger activities for your students. Go to the Using Y4Y topic area.