OST Workforce Survey Needs Your Voice

January 8, 2019

4 adults at tableNIOST researchers recently collected data through a workforce survey to better understand the experiences of out-of-school time (OST) workers and their careers. We will present preliminary findings at the Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series on February 28.

When NIOST was founded in 1978, the field we now know as Out-of-School Time (OST) did not exist.  In laying the groundwork for the field, NIOST conducted research, developed national standards, and trained staff to create high-quality OST program experiences for children and youth. As NIOST celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, the field is well established and has made great strides. Our efforts to strengthen and professionalize the field continue!

To help inform our work going forward, NIOST is interested in learning more about how OST professionals think about the work they do, their careers, their choices, and the OST field.  

[Update: 1/25/2019: This survey is now closed.] Thank you for all that you do to serve children and youth...and for completing this survey!


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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