Priscilla Little helps oversee the foundation's $7.8 million effort to assist nine cities in providing more high-quality afterschool programs through a coordinated systems approach. Little, the former associate director of the Harvard Family Research Project, has been working in education and conducting educational research for more than 20 years, with a particular emphasis on research and evaluation to support and improve afterschool experiences. She has worked with national education research firms, state education agencies, nonprofits and private foundations. Little has also has led research teams to investigate policy-relevant afterschool issues, such as boosting youngsters' participation in programs, improving program quality, building afterschool systems and supporting expanded learning partnerships. In addition, she has helped develop tools to assess the quality of programs and worked with statewide networks of afterschool providers to adopt common standards for programming.
Outside the afterschool arena, Little has worked in the areas of family engagement, early childhood and the use of data for continuous improvement.
Little received her undergraduate degree in music history and theory from Smith College, and her master's degree from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study at Tufts University.