From afterschool programs in New York City to rural villages in Africa, out-of-school time (OST) and nonformal learning can be lifelines in areas hit hard by poverty, crime, and violence. We design, study, and scale up interventions that strengthen these lifelines, supporting success in school and sparking interest in careers.

We work with industry- and foundation-funded programs to help set direction and with federal and state agencies to inform OST policymaking. Our evaluations help refine promising programs through both formative data and summative reports. Around the world, we build local capacity and draw on the strategic use of technology to develop, implement, and evaluate programs that deliver core literacy and life skills.

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Experts

Brenda Bell
Senior International Technical Advisor
Shai Fuxman staff portrait
Senior Research Scientist
Leslie Goodyear
Principal Research Scientist
Cornelia Janke
Senior International Technical Advisor
Carrie Parker
Principal Research Scientist
Sarita Pillai
Managing Project Director
Rebecca Jackson Stoeckle
Vice President | Director, Health and Technology
Tony Streit
Senior Project Director
Jim Vetter
Associate Director

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on out-of-school learning. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Reports

The Committee on Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning, appointed by the National Research Council’s Board on Education, was charged with identifying effective out-of-school STEM settings and prog

Reports

This guide provides a conceptual framework, instruments, and tools for designing and implementing youth assessments in developing countries.

Curricula

This three-part series, funded by the National Science Foundation, features engaging activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photo

Reports

This collection of stories highlights the success of youth who participated in the USAID Huguka Dukore Akazi Kanoze project in Rwanda.

Toolkits

This toolkit links parents to a wide array of resources—including “fast facts,” fun family activities, and scholarship info—to prepare children and youth to thrive in our wired world and its workplaces.

Reports

This report presents findings from a study that EDC conducted for the Massachusetts Departments of Early Education and Care and of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Reports

This learning series summarizes the results of participant studies in the USAID Advancing Youth Project in Liberia. The studies explored topics in alternative basic education such as leadership,

Reports

This report details the work of EDC’s Proyecto METAS to improve education for employment, learning, and success in Honduras. Specific challenges to program implementation are discussed, as are innovative solutions.

Reports

EDC’s Proyecto METAS conducted a survey in three at-risk urban communities in Honduras between March and May 2013.

Curricula

The investigations in Explore It! provide an experiential foundation for the development of concepts aligned with the national standards that are addressed in formal school curricula. Explore It!