North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs

BTN Wake County
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.

# of afterschool programs NC CAP represents

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# of partners NC CAP collaborates with

NC CAP unites a collaborative of 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.

The Mission

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.

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.

NC CAP Major Initiatives


NC CAP Professional Development Framework

NC CAP Program Quality Initiative

NC CAP Quality Corp


Hours of Opportunity Campaign


NC Informal Education Research Consortium



Healthy Out of School Time (Host)


Town Hall Meetings

Annual Conference

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