Mission & Vision


The NPSS helps schools, educators, and communities connect all students with the holistic, people-powered supports they need to learn and achieve their potential.


An education system that provides every student the support they need to succeed and thrive in our 21st-century democracy and economy.

Our Focus: Evidence-Based Student Supports

The vision for the NPSS has been developed by a diverse group of organizations, agencies, educators, and parents and began with the creation of a framework for action and a set of recommendations from the field. The NPSS focuses on five types of evidence-based student supports that can be combined to meet holistic student needs: academic tutors; mentors; post-secondary transition coaches; student success coaches; and wraparound integrated student support coordinators. The NPSS is designed to meet the immediate COVID recovery needs of students, families, and educators and serve as a bridge to an education system that provides supportive learning experiences and relationships across all the places young people learn and thrive.

We are evidence-based: We take a holistic, evidence-based approach, grounded in the science of learning and development, that attends to young people’s cognitive, academic, social, and emotional growth.

We build upon communities’ assets: Proven providers of these supports exist and are already integrated into the communities where support is needed most. Through national engagement and local collaboration, we help organize, expand, and improve supports for maximum impact.

We are locally determined: We promote and enable local decision-making about what student supports are needed, in which schools, and for which students, while supporting schools in collaborating with external organizations to reduce burdens on already over-stretched schools.

We leverage existing funding and infrastructure: We help state and local leaders leverage existing revenue sources and program infrastructure – including the use of American Recovery Plan funds and other federal funds – and work through AmeriCorps National Service programs and state service commissions.

We address not only pandemic recovery, but also long-standing educational inequities: While we accelerate supports for young people immediately, we are seizing opportunities to increase access to resources for historically under-resourced young people over the long term.

How is the NPSS working to address the impacts of lost instructional time? 

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