expanding opportunities

By 6th grade, kids born into poverty are likely to suffer a 6,000-hour learning gap compared with their middle-class peers. When kids lack opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential, we all lose. In fact, it has been widely reported that improving education will accelerate economic growth and promote more equal opportunity over the long run.1

We are caught
in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects
all indirecty.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

1 Washington Center for Equitable Growth, “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Improving U.S. Educational Outcomes,” January 2015.

We have created a sustainable and cost-effective model that reimagines schools and works within the system to help close this gap.

By adding at least two and a half more hours to the school day, we add the equivalent of 72 days to each school year. We reach out to the community – neighborhood organizations, cultural institutions, retirees and parents – to bring additional talent and role models into the classroom and enable personalized, small-group instruction. And we balance core curriculum with arts and music, sports, sciences and hands-on enrichment.

2014 evaluation data show that kids in ExpandED Schools outpace citywide gains in academics1 and are twice as likely to rate highly in social-emotional competencies.2 The schools themselves outperform citywide averages on school climate ratings.3

And because our model leverages community resources, students get 35% more learning time at only 10% more cost.4 But kids say it best. So watch our video “Inside ExpandED Schools” to see a group of 6th graders explain in their own words just why expanded learning time is so beneficial.

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  • 1 Based on student-level comparison of 2012-13 to 2013-14 Math and English Language Arts (ELA) state test scores of students participating in ExpandED in 2013-14 to students citywide.
  • 2 Based on scores on the Spring 2014 administration of the Devereux Students Strengths Assessment (DESSA)-Mini of social-emotional compentencies. Nationally, 16% of all students fall into the ‘Strength’ category on the DESSA-mini, while in ExpandED Schools, 33% of students fell into this category.
  • 3 As measured by the 2013-14 NYC School Survey of teachers, parents and older youth.
  • 4 2.5 hours = more than 35% of a 6.333 hour school day. The cost of this extra time averages $1,775, which is less than 10% of the NYC per-pupil spending/year.
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2014 highlights


MS ExTRA (which stands for Middle School Expanded Day + Tutoring = Reading Achievement) provides an additional two and a half hours of enriched learning each day. Students choose among classes like African drumming, salsa dance, knitting and robotics, to name a few. Book Club is facilitated by trained literacy tutors who work with small groups of four students and meets daily. All MS ExTRA sites offer activities that promote social skills and leadership.

In 2013-14, 1,502 students enjoyed shared experiences with their peers above and beyond the typical school day. Small group learning allowed educators and school leaders to get a deeper understanding of students’ individual learning needs. And kids were able to discover their talents and take supervised risks, without the fear of a grade. MS ExTRA is a collaboration between TASC, the NYC Department of Education, City Council, Robin Hood and Harvard EdLabs.


With the support of 110 literacy tutors,
MS ExTRA students read 3,500 books.

stem educators academy

When classroom teachers and community educators collaborate to spark student interest in STEM subjects, kids are transformed into explorers and scientists – partnering on projects, designing experiments, collecting data, reviewing evidence, and tackling design challenges.

It begins in the summer when teachers and community educators spend a week together in professional development, learning maker/design projects that they can implement in the classroom to bring STEM subjects alive. They then meet back at their schools to plan and team-teach projects that support the curriculum.

The STEM Educators Academy is a collaboration between TASC, the New York Hall of Science, the Institute of Play, and the Pinkerton Foundation.

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  • Net assets from prior years for use in 2014 $ 5,729,285
    2014 revenue and support $ 19,111,400
    Total $ 24,840,685
  • Expenses $ 17,938,405
  • Net assets year-end (restricted and unrestricted) $ 11,815,421

in 2013-14.*

*All numbers that follow are from school year 2013-2014.

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Thanks to the generosity of the following individuals, public agencies, corporations and foundations, we helped thousands of kids discover their talents and develop their full potential in school year 2013-2014.


we trained 2,198 educators.

  • $1,000,000 +
  • Ford Foundation^
  • New York City Council
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York State Education Department
  • Noyce Foundation*
  • The Pinkerton Foundation
  • Robin Hood
  • The Wallace Foundation^*
  • $100,000 – $999,999
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Gerstner Family Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation^*
  • Rona and Randolph Nelson
  • New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
  • The New York Community Trust
  • New York Life Foundation
  • United States Department of Education
  • $10,000 – $99,999
  • Altman Foundation
  • Catherine & Joseph Aresty Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • The Robert Bowne Foundation^
  • Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • Dalio Foundation
  • Virginia R. Joffe
  • Tara Nathan
  • New York State Office of Children and Family Services^
  • Soledad O’Brien
  • J.S. Plank & D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation^
  • Root Cause Institute, Institute for Black Male Achievement
  • Robert K. Steel
  • Diana L. Taylor
  • $1,000 – $9,999
  • Aesir Capital Management
  • Alphabest Education, Inc.
  • Roger Blissett
  • Jé E. Carr
  • Charina Foundation
  • The Children’s Aid Society^
  • Mimi C. and Michael Corcoran
  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension^
  • Esther Dyson
  • Jane and Robert Friedman
  • Lucy and William Friedman
  • Stanley S. Litow
  • National Conference of State Legislatures^
  • Ruth K. Nelson
  • One Point of Light Foundation
  • The Parsons Family Foundation
  • Paulo A. Pena
  • Frederica P. Perera
  • $1,000 – $9,999 (continued)
  • Joseph G. Perpich
  • Tebogo Phiri
  • Jennifer J. Raab
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Say Yes to Education^
  • Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation
  • Lise Strickler and Mark Gallogly
  • Herbert Sturz
  • Christopher Swope
  • Diana L. Taylor
  • Tides Foundation, Jay Kriegel and Kathryn McAuliffe
  • Michel Zaleski, Zaleski Family Foundation
  • Marc Zwebner
  • $100 – $999
  • Adobe
  • The Alliance of New York State YMCAs, Inc.^
  • American Endowment Foundation
  • Association of New York State Youth Bureaus^
  • Brian Benstock
  • Sayu Bhojwani
  • Geoffrey Canada
  • Zachary W. Carter
  • Christopher Caruso
  • Hugh Davis
  • Charissa and Abelardo Fernandez
  • Irene and Richard Frary
  • Alex Friedman
  • Ezra Friedman
  • Gideon Friedman
  • Melanie Garfinkle
  • Good Shepherd Services, Neighborhood Family Services Coalition^
  • Genevieve Guenther
  • David Halloran
  • Sharon Harpaz
  • Maria Heffesse
  • Joann and Todd Lang
  • Carol and Lance Liebman
  • New York State Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc.^
  • Lien-Ha T. Nguyen
  • Pedro A. Noguera
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • John J. O’Neill
  • Partnership for Children, Youth and Families^
  • Rona Siaca
  • Colleen Simmons-Barnswell
  • Tracy Stampfli
  • Janet and Udi Toledano
  • John Toohey
  • Ed Wartels
  • Christopher Whipple
  • Dana Witkin
  • Robert Zimmerman
  • In Kind
  • Fund for Public Schools
  • Garden of Dreams Foundation
  • High Water Women Foundation
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

* portion or all of contribution(s) for Every Hour Counts

^ portion or all of contribution(s) for NYSAN (New York State Afterschool Network)

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  • 82nd Street Academics
  • Abundant Waters Inc.
  • Abyssinian Development Corporation
  • After School Matters Inc.
  • AfterSchool Works! New York
  • Areté Education Inc.
  • Asphalt Green
  • BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
  • Bergen Basin Community Development Corp.
  • Boston After School & Beyond Inc.
  • Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services
  • CAMBA Inc.
  • Child Center of New York
  • Child First Authority
  • The Children's Aid Society
  • Chinese American Planning Council
  • Citizen Schools New York
  • City Parks Foundation
  • City Year Inc.
  • The Comic Book Project
  • Community Resource Exchange (CRE)
  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York City
  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corp.
  • Directions For Our Youth
  • Eagle Academy Foundation Inc.
  • East Side House Settlement
  • Educational Alliance Inc.
  • Educational Video Center Inc.
  • Family League of Baltimore City Inc.
  • Food Fight
  • Generation Schools Network
  • Global Kids Inc.
  • Good Shepherd Services
  • Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children & Family Services
  • Hartford Partnership for Student Success
  • Harvard EdLabs
  • Henry Street Settlement
  • Hudson Guild
  • Hunter College
  • Institute of Play
  • Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island
  • Learning through an Expanded Arts Program
  • Lit World
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
  • Nashville After Zone Alliance
  • National Center on Time and Learning
  • Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation
  • New Settlement Apartments / The Crenulated Co. Ltd.
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • New York Hall of Science
  • New York Harbor Foundation
  • NIA Community Services Network
  • NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
  • Partnership for Children and Youth
  • Partnership for Youth Development
  • Playworks
  • Policy Studies Associates
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Primetime Palm Beach County
  • Providence After School Alliance
  • Ramapo for Children
  • Research Foundation of CUNY / Medgar Evers College ACE
  • ReServe
  • Salvadori Center
  • Samuel Field YM & YWHA Inc.
  • South Asian Youth Action
  • Southern Queens Park Association Inc.
  • Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation Inc.
  • St. Nicks Alliance Corporation
  • Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center Inc.
  • Strycker's Bay Neighborhood Council Inc.
  • Studio in a School Association Inc.
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • University Settlement Society of New York Inc.
  • Wediko Children’s Services
  • WHEDco
  • YMCA of Greater New York
  • Youthprise
  • Youth Studies, Inc.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
– nelson mandela
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board + staff

Board of Directors

  • Soledad O’Brien, Chair Chief Executive Officer, Starfish Media Group
  • Diana Taylor, Vice ChairVice Chair, Solera Capital LLC
  • Pedro A. Noguera, SecretaryExecutive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education
  • Paulo Pena, TreasurerPresident & Managing Director, Latin America & Caribbean, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Lucy N. FriedmanPresident, TASC
  • Sayu Bhojwani Founder, The New American Leaders Project
  • Roger BlissettManaging Director, U.S. Strategy, RBC Capital Markets, LLC
  • Leon BotsteinPresident, Bard College
  • Jé CarrBusiness Development, Twitter
  • Mimi Clarke CorcoranVice President of Talent Development, New Visions
  • Esther Dysonedventure Holdings
  • Jay L. KriegelSenior Advisor, Related Companies
  • Stanley S. Litowvice president of corporate citizenship & corporate affairs, ibm; president, ibm international foundation
  • Tara NathanExecutive Director for International Development, MasterCard
  • Randolph NelsonPresident, Sanguine Gas Exploration, LLC
  • Frederica P. PereraDirector, Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health
  • William L. PresuttiDivision Manager, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments
  • Jennifer J. RaabPresident, Hunter College
  • Herbert Sturz, Founding ChairSenior Advisor, Open Society Foundations
  • Christopher D. SwopeSenior Vice President of Strategic Alliances & Innovation, Live Nation Entertainment

we supported 622
schools and

leadership team

  • Lucy N. Friedmanpresident
  • Rebeca BenitezDirector of Human Resources and Administration
  • Susan BrennaChief Communications Officer
  • Katie Brohawn, PhD Senior Director of Research
  • Chris CarusoSenior Vice President of ExpandED Schools
  • Jennifer Curry, EdDChief of Staff
  • Monica IngkavetSenior Director of Operations
  • Rachel SabellaSenior Director of Government Relations
  • Laura ScheckDirector of School Support
  • Charles ShahChief Financial Officer
  • Saskia Traill, PhDVice President of Policy and Research
  • Jama ToungChief Development Officer
  • Chris WhippleVice President of Programs
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about us

TASC is a nonprofit dedicated to providing more and better learning time to kids in underserved schools and communities.


close the opportunity gap.

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Sixteen years ago, we pioneered the after-school movement in New York City. Today, we have reached more than 700,000 kids and are forging new ground nationally in reimagining the school day. You can read more about our history here.

Our goal is to expand learning time and opportunities for students throughout New York City and establish a flexible, sustainable model that can be adopted throughout the country.