Principals are essential to the success of afterschool and summer learning programs that inspire, motivate and challenge students. Research indicates that quality afterschool and summer learning programs can increase academic achievement, improve students’ social and emotional skills, and improve attendance rates.

Whether you are just starting an afterschool program, partnering with a community partner, or raising the bar on quality to align with your school’s vision, this gateway is the place to begin. NAESP has collected and vetted a variety of resources to help principals and other school leaders expand quality afterschool and summer learning programs for children and youth.


Best Practice Videos

Use afterschool time to prepare middle school students for success in high school.

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Afterschool in Your State

In every state there’s a statewide afterschool network to help you with tools, resources and connections to create, improve and sustain afterschool and summer learning programs in your school and community. Contact and join your state network today and consider being a state champion for afterschool.