Out-of-School Time

About Out-of-School Time

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. For every $1 invested in OST programs communities see a $3 return on investment through increasing youth’s earning potential, improving their performance at school, and reducing community violence.

Starting Point’s network of Out-of-School time programs serves more than 2,500 children annually in Cuyahoga County through a public-private partnership with Cuyahoga County Family and Children First Council and The Cleveland Foundation.

Training and Professional Development

The OST Professional Development System promotes positive youth development approaches to service delivery and standards of practice for youth-serving professionals.

OST Provider Network

Starting Point provides weekly e-mail messages & quarterly ZOOM meetings to connect OST Professionals and share information and resources. Contact Stacey.Gepperth@Starting-Point.org to be added to the network.

Out-of-School Time Program Locator

Starting Point provides an Out-of-School Time locator that can be found here

To find after-school, holiday, and summertime activities in Cuyahoga County—including summer camps—youth and/or their families can also call a Starting Point Family Resource Navigator at 216.575.0061.

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