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Foundations, Inc.



Build the capacity of schools, out-of-school time programs, and community-based organizations to improve the educational experiences of America’s children and youth – throughout the day, everywhere they learn.


In 1992, in response to an emerging need for more instruction during non-school hours, the Schwartz Foundation created Foundations, Inc., a nonprofit, community service organization, to operate afterschool enrichment programs for children and families in underserved neighborhoods. We began by operating one afterschool program in an elementary school in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Today, 20 years later, Foundations has grown and diversified, building our expertise in learning across the entire day and leading a movement of new thinking about educational innovation and program design. As we build our expertise, we want to share what we learn with others. We believe that we can have the greatest impact by working with adults who work with children as well as at the system level.

Today, Foundations is a capacity-building organization focused on professional development, technical assistance, program development and design, and supporting tools, publications, and services. Through close partnerships with schools, school districts, community organizations, and afterschool networks, we help children thrive in school and in life.

Q. Who do you serve?

Schools: charter, district-run, independent, non-traditional, private, online Programs: school-day, afterschool, expanded learning, summer, youth development Organizations: academic, community, youth-serving, service-learning, civic engagement, arts 

Q. What is your organization’s plan for the future?

Webinar: In the Middle: Supporting Middle School Youth

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST

Middle Schoolers are truly in the middle – too independent for the adult-supervised activities of elementary programs and not quite old enough for the freedom of teen programs. Explore tips and strategies on how to incorporate the developmental and social needs of this population into your program practices and culture.

LEAD – Learn, Engage, Activate, Discuss: 2013 Expert webinar series (3 webinars) starts on Sept 19 (

Expert webinar with Kids Included Together  Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST

Guest Expert: Janet George, Education and Training Specialist Learn how to create an inclusive culture in your program, including techniques for making accommodations, supporting friendships, and communicating with staff. Get ideas for identifying the unique services and resources in your community to support inclusive programming.

Free webinar: “Use That Book!” STEM GraffitiWall with exclusive Q&A with the author!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST Learn how to tap kids’ natural tendency to explore and discover! Get tips on how to use STEM GraffitiWall to enrich program content, engage kids, link to academics, and prepare staff. Then, stay online and chat with author Natalie Lucas!

Sept 30: Beyond School Hours Early-Bird Registration ends!

Website and Social Media Sites

Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning

Beyond School Hours national conference  


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