Out-of-School Time (OST) is supervised programming that youth regularly participate in before school, after school, and during summer break. These programs keep young people safe, provide child care for working families, and organize activities that help youth develop skills and improve academically. Sometimes, these programs are collectively referred to as “afterschool”.
OST in Iowa
Afterschool in a Box Toolkit
Updated January 2021
Congratulations on developing an out-of-school time program for youth in your community. Research tells us that youth who are engaged in high quality out-of-school time programming demonstrate greater positive results than their peers who do not participate. Some of these key indicators of success include:
Improved literacy skills and scores
Improved math skills and scores
Decreased juvenile delinquency
This toolkit is designed to assist programs who are starting from the ground up, programs that are developing out-of-school time programming from an existing source, and for those who are well established but need some additional support or fresh ideas to re-engage and reconnect programming. This toolkit can be downloaded as one PDF document or each section can be accessed individually below.
Establishing Your Program
This section of the toolkit will provide articles of interest, samples, and templates on some of the necessary documentation that may be required to start your program and and are often considered best practice tools for out-of-school time programming.
This section of the toolkit will provide insight into budgets including a look at the different types of funds associated with out-of-school time programs, fundraising and donations and management of dollars.
Recruiting and Enrolling Youth into Your Program
This section of the toolkit discusses how to recruit youth to your program including information and samples on enrollment forms and other supporting materials.
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