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 proliferation of new technologies is changing the way we live, learn, and work. This white paper examines the complex and interconnected challenges related to workforce development, economics, education, equity, and ethics that our society must address to ensure our workforce is future-ready.

Toolkits

Written for program directors, program managers, educators, and others responsible for developing and implementing STEM programs in schools and community-based organizations, this guide seeks to re

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 summarizes the results of a review, conducted by external experts, of the quality and content of the Out-of-School Literacy Assessment (OLA).

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 brief describes the importance of expanding access to computer science (CS) learning and details EDC’s work to ensure all students have high-quality CS educations.

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

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.

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!