About Us

parachutePRIMEtime Collaborative is a network of local organizations and youth programs that provide free after-school and summer programming for over 1,000 school-age children in Northfield. More information about these programs is available on our Programs page, and documentation of the very positive outcomes of these programs is available on our Outcomes page.

The collaborative was fortunate to learn in September 2009 it would receive funds from a new Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Fewer than 10% of applicants received funding, so PRIMEtime partners felt very fortunate to have received this highly-competitive grant.  The grant reviewers commented that PRIMEtime is a very cost-effective, collaborative, and innovative model for delivering a variety of after school options to a diverse group of young people.

Nevertheless, while this was welcome news, this new grant covered only a portion of the staffing costs and could not be used for any program expenses or supplies.  In addition, it expired in June 2013 and cannot be renewed.

Being dependent on the uncertainties of state and federal funding makes the PRIMEtime Collaborative vulnerable and serves as a reminder of an important lesson:

It’s our community. They are our kids. Let’s take responsibility for making sure that when 4 p.m. rolls around, they have somewhere safe to go and positive, healthy activities to engage in. We’re all better off when kids succeed.


Financial Contributors to PRIMEtime

Current financial contributors to PRIMEtime include:



Here’s the latest:

12.19.14 – As a result of the work of its PRIMEtime network, Northfield was invited by the National League of Cities to participate in its Citywide Afterschool System Building Leadership Academy last week. more »

12.19.14 – Northfield's PRIMEtime collaborative has been featured in the National League of Cities' "Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities." more »

11.29.12 – Northfield's PRIMEtime Collaborative is being recognized by the National League of Cities (NLC) as a model program demonstrating innovative and collaborative approaches within government. PRIMEtime is one of 27 municipal programs selected for the 2012 City Showcase—NLC’s premiere program celebrating city achievements. more »

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“The PRIMEtime programs provide safe and constructive after school and summer opportunities to kids who may not have access to other out-of-school time activities.”
– Zach Pruitt, Healthy Community Initiative