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A Place to Grow and Learn: A Citywide Approach to Building and Sustaining Out-of-School Time Learning Opportunities

Published: February 2008

Publisher(s): Wallace Foundation

Funder(s): Wallace Foundation

View Report (20 pages; 2.74MB; PDF)

Area of focus: Focus to Out-of-School Time


Wallace Foundation is looking for ways to improve the quality of Out-of-school time (OST) programs to help children who would not otherwise have access to safe and educational opportunities outside of the classroom. This report summarizes the Wallace citywide initiative to build high-quality, high-participation, efficient, and sustainable out-of-school programs for at-risk youth, and it addresses challenges to meeting the foundationís goals and prescriptions for success.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

= The six key aspects to establishing quality OST programs are: committed leadership, public-private coordination, multi-year planning, reliable information, expanding participation, and commitment to quality.

= OST organization and funding is still a relatively young field and many questions remain unanswered.

= The OST systems in place are heterogeneous and there are few steadfast rules to organizing and running programs. But this can help ensure the diversity of the OST programs.

= As of the reportís release, itís too soon to know if many of the actions at the Wallace sites are improving the quality of the OST programs.

- Lack of cohesion among programs reduces available information and can hinder coordination and planning.

Geographic Focus: Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Providence, RI; Washington, DC

Subjects/Keywords: After-school learning; out-of-school time programs; OST; at-risk youth

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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