About Out-of-School Time

What is Out-of-School Time (OST)?

Out-of-School Time (OST) is a supervised program that youth regularly attend when school is not in session. This can include before- and after- school programs.

OST programs deliver activities to promote positive youth development which may include but are not limited to the following: academic support; educational enrichment; STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), cultural and social development; recreation; sports; fitness and wellness; visual and performing arts; tutoring and homework services; civic engagement; leadership skills; career exploration; service learning; college preparation; and development of the whole child.

Starting Point serves as the lead agency for OST in the MyCom Network. 

What are the benefits?

After-school and summer programs, often referred to as Out-of-School-Time (OST) or Expanded Learning, are a critical component of healthy youth development. Research shows that high-quality OST programs can support social, emotional, and academic development; reduce risky behaviors; promote physical health; and provide safe and supportive environments for children and youth. In other words out-of-school time programs keep kids safe, support learning, and help working families. 

Starting Point is Cuyahoga County’s Out-of-School Time Intermediary. Through a public-private partnership, Starting Point supports a network of out-of-school time programs in 30 neighborhoods throughout Cuyahoga County. 

Use Starting Point’s Out-of-School Time Program Locator to find engaging activities for youth in your community. 


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