History - Mission - Vision

On October 1, 2005, Wisconsin received a grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation to establish the Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN) as an intermediary organization bringing together over 200 stakeholders representing governmental agencies, state and local associations and non-profit organizations, youth serving organizations and funders.  In October, 2008, continuation of funds were awarded to Marshfield Clinic Health System to provide leadership and serve as fiscal agent. WAN continues to support youth serving organizations around the state in partnership with Marshfield Clinic Health System and in 2024 announced a name change to Wisconsin Out of School Time Alliance (WOSTA) in an effort to better reflect the diverse programs served through our work.

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Mission: The mission of the Wisconsin Out of School Time Alliance (WOSTA) is to support schools and community partners in delivering high quality school-age out of school time programs to diverse children and youth in order to promote academic success, individual & social development and healthy active living.

Vision: All Wisconsin school-age children and youth have the opportunity to attend a high quality afterschool or expanded learning program.


  • Partnership – Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional, local and school-community partnerships focused on supporting high quality afterschool and expanded learning programs.
  • Policy – Support the development and growth of statewide policies to secure resources needed to sustain new and existing programs.
  • Program Quality – Support statewide systems to ensure programs are of high quality.