Powerful learning experiences often happen outside of the school day. EDC builds, implements, and evaluates out-of-school and nonformal programs that deliver core civic, educational, and life skills to young people in diverse environments.

In the United States, EDC’s support for out-of-school time (OST) and nonformal learning leverages children’s and youth’s strengths to help them succeed at school, engage in their communities, and lead productive and healthy lives. We design, evaluate, and provide technical assistance on high-quality OST programs that prepare young people for success—whether pursuing social and academic enrichment after school or leaving school and starting a first job.

Internationally, EDC develops and implements programs that support educational and economic opportunities for out-of-school youth. Working within the unique context of each country, we partner with governments, industry, and nongovernmental organizations to provide young people with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities they need to be market-ready and contribute to society.

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Resources

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

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

White papers

This article explores the effects of EDC’s Tikichuela early childhood mathematics initiative, developed with the government of Paraguay.

Reports

This study evaluated the work of the Akazi Kanoze (AK) Youth Livelihoods Project in Rwanda to support youth entrepreneurs.  The report presents findings on the effectiveness of AK’s Entrepreneurshi

Reports

This final report summarizes the evaluation of the impact of EDC’s Early Childhood Caregiver Professional Development and Certification Program in Rwanda.

Reports

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

Reports

This qualitatitive study was designed to evaluate the employment and livelihoods status of several groups of participants in the Akazi Kanoze Youth Livelihoods Project after their graduation.

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 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 report details the work of the Akazi Kanoze (AK) Youth Livelihoods Project, which was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by EDC.

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.