Strengthening Partnerships for Out-of-School Time

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About the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families

The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) is a special entity within the National League of Cities (NLC).

NLC is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal government throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.

The YEF Institute helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities. NLC launched the YEF Institute in January 2000 in recognition of the unique and influential roles that mayors, city councilmembers, and other local leaders play in strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth. Through the YEF Institute, municipal officials and other community leaders have direct access to a broad array of strategies and tools, including:

  • Action kits that offer a menu of practical steps that officials can take to address key problems or challenges.
  • Technical assistance projects in selected communities.
  • Peer networks and learning communities focused on specific program areas.
  • The National Summit on Your City’s Families and other workshops, training sessions, and cross-site meetings.
  • Targeted research and periodic surveys of local officials.
  • The YEF Institute’s Web site, audioconferences, and e-mail listservs.

To learn more about these tools and other aspects of the YEF Institute’s work, go to or leave a message on the YEF Institute’s information line at 202/626-3014.

About The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. Its three current objectives are: strengthening education leadership to improve student achievement; enhancing out-of-school learning opportunities; and building appreciation and demand for the arts. More information and research on these and other related topics can be found at


Heather Clapp Padgette and Sharon Deich of Cross & Joftus, LLC, and Lane Russell, associate for afterschool at NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, served as the authors of this strategy guide. Bela Shah Spooner, principal associate for afterschool at NLC, provided helpful comments and feedback. Audrey M. Hutchinson, the Institute’s program director for education and afterschool initiatives, provided guidance and oversight to the development of this strategy guide and Clifford M. Johnson, the Institute’s executive director, provided overall editorial direction. Michael Karpman provided additional editorial support. Alexander Clarke was responsible for the strategy guide’s design and layout. Preparation and distribution of this strategy guide were made possible by support from The Wallace Foundation.


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