Making Out-of-School-Time Matter

Evidence for an Action Agenda

by Susan J. Bodilly, Megan K. Beckett

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Abstract

A loosely connected set of providers, clients, sponsors, and intermediaries make up the local markets referred to as the out-of-school-time (OST) field. This field and the actors in it have been evolving in response to shifts in the economy, the growing demand for services associated with increased numbers of working mothers in the labor force, concerns over youth development or the lack thereof, and increased academic expectations for youth programs. This report presents the findings of a broad-ranging literature review intended to identify, frame, and assess relevant OST issues. Drawing on recent studies the authors provide an objective view of the politicized debate over the future of the field. They identify and address the level of demand for OST services, the effectiveness of offerings, what constitutes quality in OST programs, how to encourage participation, and how to build further community capacity. The report provides recommendations for improving the current debate over provision.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Historical Context

  • Chapter Three

    Unmet Demand for Out-of-School-Time Services

  • Chapter Four

    Potential Effectiveness OST Programs

  • Chapter Five

    Assessment of Quality in OST Programs

  • Chapter Six

    Improving Participation in OST Programs

  • Chapter Seven

    Capacity Building

  • Chapter Eight

    Conclusions

  • Appendix A

The research described in this report was conducted by RAND Education and RAND Labor and Population for The Wallace Foundation.

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