Afterschool/Out-of-School

Libraries and museums help our communities support children's learning and development.

MacArthur Foundation logoPartnership: Learning Labs
In support of President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" call to action, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are working together to create 30 new youth learning labs in libraries and museums across the country.

Partnership: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Formerly Coming Up Taller, these awards recognize outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people by providing them with learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to afterschool/out-of-school programs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Afterschool/out-of-school content on the IMLS Web site:
Blog Post: Nurturing an Interest in Science

August 6, 2013 02:55 PM
Discovery Science Center President Joe Adams and Community Member Kate Upton describe how the science center captures visitors’ interest in science. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Giving Children a Foundation for Learning

July 31, 2013 02:21 PM
Harriet Henderson Coalter was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Coalter is the director of Richmond Public Library and has embraced working outside the walls of the library in order to reach more children and parents and work toward school readiness. Read More

 
Blog Post: Finding Room for the Blues

July 30, 2013 09:42 AM
Delta Blues Museum Executive Director Shelly Ritter and Community Member Travis Calvin talk about the uniquely American art form of the Blues and how the Arts Education program keeps kids engaged. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Children’s Services at Public Libraries: A Port in the Storm

November 10, 2011 09:41 AM
In a recent analysis of utilization of children’s services at public libraries in the top 100 metropolitan areas, IMLS found that attendance at programs and circulation of children’s materials were lowest in areas with the highest levels of child poverty and children of immigrant parents. Read More