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FAN connects with industry leaders to access information for best practices in the field of afterschool care. The following are links to reports, data sets, program information, as well as specific items for families and providers. We also publish a newsletter each month. Click on the link below to check out our current issue or search past issues


STEM Initiatives

The FAN Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Collaborative began in 2012 thanks to support from the Noyce Foundation, and in partnership with the Astronaut Memorial Foundation. This support funds Florida’s statewide out-of-school STEM System. The Collaborative consists of several STEM Hubs— museums, science centers and other industry partners leaders who support our mission of expanding Florida’s afterschool STEM opportunities. Through the program, resources, research and best practices are available to foster enhanced services and activities for K-12 students outside of traditional school hours.


Pensacola MESS Hall

Panama City
Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida

National High Field Magnetic Laboratory

Museum of Science and History

Orlando Science Center
NASA Educator Resource Center

Museum of Science and Industry

​Fort Lauderdale
Museum of Discovery and Science

Boynton Beach
Primetime Palm Beach
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

Miami Children’s Museum


Chat with a Scientist Program

Quality Programs Make a Difference

Why is Quality Afterschool Important?

Students who attend quality afterschool programs perform better on tests, show greater gains in scores and positive shifts in proficiency. Learn more by reading the Taking a Deeper Dive into Afterschool: Positive Outcomes and Promising Practices report published by the Afterschool Alliance.

The University of Florida’s evaluation of Florida’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers found that students who attend a minimum of 12 hours of afterschool per week have consistently higher math and reading scores on standardized tests. Read the report here.

Recent studies showcasing the benefits of afterschool in the latest reports published by the Afterschool Alliance.

The Afterschool Alliance also provide data about the behaviors of children immediately following school. To learn more check out the American After 3PM study.

Florida Grade Level Reading Campaign

Barbara Bush Foundation Afterschool Literacy Guide

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