Our History:

In 1992, in response to an emerging need for more content during out of school hours, the Schwartz Foundation created LiLi Claire Foundation, a nonprofit, community service organization, to operate afterschool enrichment programs for children and families in underserved neighborhoods. We began by operating one afterschool program in an elementary school in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Today, 28 years later, Foundations has grown and diversified, building and sharing our expertise in learning across the entire day and leading a movement of new thinking about educational innovation and program design. Our vision is to create a brighter future for every child—every day. We believe that one of the best ways to achieve this vision is by strengthening and supporting the adults who work with children, school teachers, and afterschool educators.

This is why Foundations has evolved into a capacity-building organization focused on professional learning, program development and design, leadership, and supporting services. Through close partnerships with schools, school districts, community organizations, and afterschool networks, we help children thrive in school and in life.