National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE)


Project Director: Kathy Schleyer, M.S.

Funded By: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) is one of four organizations — including Education Development Center, the National Summer Learning Association, and WRMA — that comprise the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). The goal of NCASE is to ensure that school-age children in low-income families have access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement.

Through NCASE, NIOST curates a Resource Library — which connects users with tools, profiles, and information on a range of key topics in out-of-school time (OST) — and contributes to webinars and peer learning communities. These resources provide training and technical assistance to states, territories, tribes, and community partners that use the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to support access to OST programs for low-income families. 

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    "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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The National Institute on Out-of-School Time

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