Wisconsin Afterschool Network

The Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN) is a vehicle for bringing together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers, program developers, advocates, parents and others interested in improving outcomes for children and youth through school-aged afterschool programs.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 


  • The Policy & Partnerships Committee develops advocacy education strategy and works to align and inform policies at multiple levels to support afterschool and other expanded learning opportunities.

  • The Program Quality & Professional Development Committee supports a broader understanding of the elements and effective practices needed to support high quality after school (Out-of-School) programs and assure that the staff of these programs have access to a comprehensive professional development system.


  • Educate the community about how afterschool programs offer a safe haven where children can learn and have fun.

  • Facilitate communication among afterschool professionals, school leaders, law enforcement officials, policymakers, civic leaders, philanthropists and other partners to establish accountability and a system of support for Wisconsin’s young people.

  • Best practices, cutting edge programs, curriculum and research about how to encourage children’s successful academic, social and emotional outcomes.

  • Support statewide partners and local coalitions addressing the needs of children and providers.