Welcome to BELL


Welcome to BELL

School districts understand the power of expanded learning time. What they seek is a proven solution that guides them every step of the way in creating learning experiences that support highest-need students in making measurable academic progress.

BELL, a national non-profit, has created a comprehensive solution school districts use to design, deliver and measure evidence-based summer and research-based afterschool learning experiences. BELL empowers educators and builds the capacity of our partners to accelerate academic and social impact more broadly, and more effectively. Our bundle includes smart tools, strategies, and real-time support so districts can build and replicate programs with fidelity.

Now, it’s easier than ever to expand learning time through our nonprofit’s award-winning program that has been refined and replicated in classrooms across the U.S. for over 25 years.


  • Math and Literacy Curriculum
  • Professional Development
  • Pre/Post Program Measurement
  • Classroom Management Tools
  • On-demand Instruction Library
  • Quality Assurance
  • Technical Service Help Desk


Our mission is to transform the academic achievements, self confidence and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced communities.

Our vision is for all children to excel.


In the early 1990's, a group of Black and Latino students at Harvard Law School began a community service project at a local public school. Between pick-up basketball games, the volunteers quickly realized many of the children could not read, write, or perform math operations at grade-level proficiency. Inspired by the opportunity to transform children's lives, the group, led by Earl Martin Phalen and Andrew L. Carter, began working with parents, teachers, and experts at Harvard University to create an educational afterschool program that integrated best practices in academic tutoring, enrichment, and evaluation. The rest is history.

BELL was incorporated in 1992 and named in honor of Professor Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Harvard Law’s first Black tenured professor. With guidance and support from BELL board chair emeritus Professor Charles J. Ogletree and former board member Dr. Robert S. Peterkin, the BELL afterschool program reached 20 students in its first year of operation. Since then, we have evolved to become a national leader in summer and afterschool programming. Learn more in our Through the Years historical timeline.