Expanded Classroom Report

How making out-of-school time learning part of every student’s experience can improve academic outcomes and prepare the next-generation workforce.

The Mind Trust, in partnership with four other youth-serving organizations, is excited to share a new report on how Indiana can leverage the current inflection point in K–12 education to integrate out-of-school time programs with the traditional school day so that all kids have access to additional high-quality learning opportunities.

The Expanded Classroom report shares:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic upended K–12 education in ways that have fundamentally shifted our education system.
  • How this reality presents a crisis unless bold action is taken, while also presenting Indiana with an opportunity to do things differently.
  • How in our state and across the country, high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs have proven to help students thrive academically and achieve long-term success.
  • How new federal and state funding opportunities have helped enable high-quality OST programs to serve more students since the pandemic, but access gaps remain and the funding will run out soon.
  • How we have an opportunity to make high-quality OST programming part of every student’s K-12 experience.

Thank you to the partners who helped create and inform this report: Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, Indiana Afterschool Network, and United Way of Central Indiana.

Click here to download the Expanded Classroom report.

Click here to download the Executive Summary of the Expanded Classroom report.