Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN)

Formed in 2006, the Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN) is a national peer learning network of municipal leaders working to create or expand citywide systems of high-quality afterschool opportunities for children and youth.

This network helps local elected officials and senior municipal staff promote afterschool opportunities in their cities and nationally by sharing research, tools and best practices. The network is made possible by the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and The Wallace Foundation.

More than 900 members from over 300 cities participate in the network, including local elected officials, senior municipal staff, and other policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and national partner organizations. This network is open to all municipal officials who are interested in joining. Other community leaders and afterschool program providers may join APAN as network affiliates.

Monthly e-newsletter: APAN members receive monthly e-mail updates that highlight YEF Institute activities and resources, showcase promising city efforts, spotlight strategies and approaches to improving afterschool programs, and include additional resources, research, and relevant news items.

Peer learning communities: APAN members can choose to participate in three smaller peer learning communities on afterschool Funding, Quality, and/or Partnerships. Conference calls for each peer learning community are held every six weeks and provide an opportunity for APAN members to speak with other city leaders about their afterschool efforts and hear from local and national experts who serve as guest speakers on many of the calls.

How to Join
Subscribe to the network

For questions about APAN, contact Bela Shah Spooner at (202) 626-3057 or