THEME: The Future of Afterschool

DESCRIPTION: Over the last 20 years we have seen a dramatic growth in the afterschool movement. We have seen an increase in the number of afterschool initiatives and programs as well as increases in afterschool literature. But has the afterschool movement ground to a halt?

While the need for afterschool activities continue to grow, there are emerging threats to these programs due to increased labor costs and the withdrawal of important public and private funding. At the same time there are exciting program trends and innovations, and new opportunities ahead.

In order to meet these challenges and opportunities, it is important for field leaders to reflect, to consolidate, and look to the future. This conference will focus on:

  • Issues of sustainability including advocacy, the workforce, forming partnerships with the business community and Community Schools;
  • Trauma informed practice;
  • Exciting program trends and innovations; and
  • Future opportunities.

The HKL VII conference will be a “thinking” conference. It will offer afterschool stakeholders the opportunity to reflect on these issues and the related challenges and opportunities. This will be accomplished through brief plenary presentations, panels, and workshops by national experts and successful program leaders.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES: This conference will be MC'd by Lynn Johnson (Spotlight: Girls). Presenters and conference agenda will be announced soon on our How Kids Learn website.

TARGET AUDIENCE: School- and community-based youth program providers, afterschool stakeholders, and educators.

The HOW KIDS LEARN CONFERENCE is dedicated to providing those who are interested in improving youth outcomes with thought-provoking, educational opportunities. This includes access to national thinkers and researchers, innovative practitioners, and networking opportunities. To learn more, click here.

$125 per person, general admission
*** $95 per person for non-profit organizations. Click "Enter Promotional Code" and enter the code "NONPROFIT" when registering.***

Please contact The How Kids Learn Foundation to request purchase of tickets using a purchase order.


  • Each attendee MUST register individually with their own email address - no group sales. This ensures that important emails regarding the event are delivered to the attendee.
  • Registration includes morning coffee/tea, lunch, and afternoon refreshments.

PHOTO RELEASE: Please note that we will be taking photos of this event. These photos may be posted on our website or other materials promoting future Forums and conferences. By registering for this conference, you are agreeing that your image can be used as described above.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING: The California Endowment is accessible by BART (19th Street, Oakland - use the 20th Street exit). Street and bike parking is available. To view nearby parking lots and for directions, click here.