The Value of Out of School Programs
Out-of-school time programs support safety and learning
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.