Pennsylvania is one of 50 statewide afterschool networks funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Since its inception in 2004, PSAYDN has played a unique role in bridging the capacity needs and programming perspectives that exist within the out-of-school time sector.

PSAYDN serves more than 2,300 members from the Center for Schools and Communities in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. The Center is the statewide training and technical assistance division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU).

In addition to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, founding funders of PSAYDN include the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Labor and Industry. Through the years, PSAYDN’s funding has grown to include the Grable Foundation, Heinz Endowments and the Overdeck Family Foundation.

To this end, PSAYDN’s partners range from 21st Century Community Learning Centers’ providers to the Workforce Development Board Youth Council to various School Age Child Care Technical Assistance Organizations.

For more background on the statewide networks, visit the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks.


PSAYDN’s Accomplishments


June – National League of Cities Grant: $6,600 to host Mayoral Summit in 2012


May – Dropout Prevention Summit Mini Grants administered to eight programs across the state

August – Mott Foundation Achievement Grant: $225,000 over three years

August – Mott Foundation Grant: Reducing Chronic Student Absence Technical Assistance Project

September – “Pennsylvania Older Youth Out-of-School Time Study” published

October – Pennsylvania School Board Association “New Day for Learning” newsletter article series begins

November – William Penn Grant: $345,000 over three years

November – Grable Foundation Grant: $50,000

December – Building Partnerships for Youth National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona Grant: $3,500 for statewide video conference on Spotlighting Positive Youth Development in 2011


July – Pennsylvania State Legislative Budget and Finance Committee Report on Afterschool sets new PSAYDN priorities


May – “A Progress Report on the Community” published

July – Heinz Endowments Grant: $150,000 over 2 years

November – Participant in Governor’s Drop Out Prevention Summit

December – Wellesley College/Wellesley Centers for Women/National Institute on Out of School Time Grant: $4,000 to promote T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program


March – Career Pathways Project with PA Keys, vets youth workforce policy with support from the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition and Cornerstones for Kids

May – Statewide Support Letter: 80 signers support 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Child Care Community Development Block Grant funding

July – Grable Foundation grant: $150,000 over three years

October – Mott Foundation Innovations Grant: $225,000 over three years

October – Obtain Lights on Afterschool House and Senate Resolutions and Governor’s Proclamation supporting the importance of afterschool


March – Governor’s Summit creating a vision for “Extra Learning Opportunities” and first annual meeting

April – PSAYDN testifies before the House Democratic Policy Committee

December – Heinz Endowments grant for $50,000 for Quality Advancement Project


August – First annual retreat to organize the network


September – Received initial funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and State agencies


Not to be overlooked, the funding PSAYDN receives supports numerous regional summits, on-site trainings, webinars, quality forums and leadership meetings PSAYDN hosts each year, in addition to supporting PSAYDN’s involvement at state and national partner events such as Advocacy Day, the Afterschool for All Challenge and Lights On Afterschool, where we have been present for many years.

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