The History of Afterschool

The Rich History of Afterschool


The history of Afterschool is rich and an integral part of the educational fabric of our Nation’s landscape.

This brief film highlights the beginnings of Afterschool, tracing back to the late 1880s, when our predominantly agrarian society transitioned to a more industrialized workforce which brought individuals and families from farms and foreign lands into our cities. 

Settlement houses, Community Schools, and even newly created playgrounds were all essential pieces in building the foundation for today’s Afterschool programs.

Today, Afterschool is a non-negotiable component of the educational equation for student learning and success. With working parents and single parent households, the demand has never been greater.


The Legacy of the C.S. Mott Foundation

For almost a century, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has been the major impetus and support of Afterschool and community engagement across the Nation. From the force behind 21st CCLC Legislation to the establishment of the 50 Statewide Afterschool Networks, the Mott Foundation demonstrates their belief in the work of those in the Afterschool profession.

Recently, Bill White, the retired CEO Emeritus of the Mott Foundation passed away. In tribute to his lasting legacy, Dr. Terry Peterson, co-author of the nation’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers legislation, wrote the following OpEd. The article brilliantly articulates how the Foundation’s unwavering enterprises are indelibly woven throughout the fabric of America’s educational endeavors, and will continue for many years to come.

The Legacy of the Mott Foundation and CEO, Bill White.docx

The US Historical Evolution of Community Engagement to Afterschool and Summer School

The History of Community Education in the US (2).pdf

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