Karen Lachance

Assistant Director

Karen B. Lachance is Assistant Director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Karen is responsible for contract negotiations and processing and manages the financial side of all funds and projects in which NIOST participates. In addition to her financial work, Karen participates in project and proposal development, project management and personnel management. She also actively participates on the teams that work on the Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS) Project and the Afterschool Matters Initiative. 

Prior to joining NIOST, Karen held the General Manager positions in several retail stores, including Borders (2000-2006) and Learningsmith (1996-1999), where she directed all operations including hiring, training, merchandising, inventory, and cafe management. Complementing Karen's managerial and financial expertise is her strong interest in history and research. While living in Valdez, Alaska Karen worked as a researcher with Prince William Sound Community College and in 1994 published a book titled Valdez: A Brief Oral History. While a senior in Barnard College, Columbia University she completed a senior research project Women in Alaska: 1898-1920.



    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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