The efforts to form an Afterschool Network in North Dakota first began in 2012. Due to issues including a change in the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction; transitions in staffing; limitations of a lead organization; and minimal stakeholder awareness, a formal proposal was never submitted to the Charles Steward Mott Foundation until February 2015. This initial request served to support the development of the North Dakota Afterschool Partnership. In 2016, the Partnership submitted an advancement request to form what we are today, the North Dakota Afterschool Network.
On behalf of the school-age youth, the ND Afterschool Network supports and advocates for high quality out of school time programming, resources and services.