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

Starting a Program

In order to expand access to high-quality afterschool programs in Iowa, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance is eager to support organizations and people that are interested in starting a program in their community. To develop successful programs, leaders must consider community needs, stakeholder engagement, financing strategies, and their vision for what an afterschool program will provide for youth. The IAA has created this Development Guide to help leaders reflect on these topics.


In addition to this resource, the IAA can also share sample handbooks, bylaws, budgets, timelines, and more to help start-up afterschool programs. Please contact Britney Samuelson at the Iowa Afterschool Alliance for these materials.