How students spend time outside of school is a determining factor for school success and in life. Quality afterschool, expanded learning and out of school opportunities help to improve learning and provide engaging experiences after school has ended. Established in 2002, the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) is a comprehensive statewide afterschool and expanded learning network, with key partners including afterschool providers, state agencies, state and local policymakers, law enforcement, universities and community colleges, business, and the philanthropic community, working together to increase access to high quality afterschool and expanded learning programs for all children and youth in North Carolina, especially for those at-risk of education failure. Research shows that high quality afterschool and expanded learning programs improve academic performance, school-day attendance, nurture youth development, decrease juvenile crime and hinder other high-risk behaviors, while meeting the needs of working families.
As a statewide afterschool and expanded learning network, NC CAP represents over 6,000 afterschool programs serving more than 150,000 children and youth across the state. NC CAP unites a collaborative of over 35 partners to address issues including quality, accessibility and sustainable funding. Among our partners are state agencies, the NC Community College System, public and private funders of afterschool and expanded learning, child advocacy groups, education policy organizations, and others. Our founding partners include the Governor’s Office, NC Departments of Public Instruction, Health and Human Services and Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. NC CAP funders include the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, NC Department of Public Instruction, US Tennis Association, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and Glaxo Smith-Kline Foundation.
Vision Statement: High quality afterschool and expanded learning programs accessible to all North Carolina children and youth helping them to succeed in and out of school.
Mission Statement: To influence policy and serve as a catalyst, convener, and clearinghouse for afterschool and expanded learning programs through advocacy, professional development, research and evaluation which will lead to quality improvement.