National Institute on Out-of-School Time researchers, program staff, and projects are occasionally featured in the media; they are invited to participate in key conferences and advocacy efforts; and they are recognized for their contributions to the OST field. Additionally, NIOST often has news to share with its greater community.  Below are recent news items.

Fall 2016 Afterschool Matters Journal Available


The Contributors to the Fall 2016 issue of Afterschool Matters share strategies for making a lasting impact on the field: by validating instruments that measure program quality, by creating infrastructure to support learning in specialized areas, by training OST staff in professional learning communities, and by developing school-afterschool partnerships that can foster shared vision.

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Innovative Research Findings Help Meet Diverse Needs of Afterschool Programming

December 11, 2015

WELLESLEY, MA – The newest edition of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, is focused on inventive programs that aim to engage youth and improve afterschool offerings to ultimately build better futures for young people and support their positive development.

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NIOST to Partner on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment

November 2015
WELLESLEY, Mass. - The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has been selected as a partner to work with the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) to guide the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). Funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care (OCC) under the U.S. Department of Health Human Services, EDC will receive $10 million over five years to ensure that low-income school-age children have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement through NCASE.

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National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Launched



October 2015 WELLESLEY, MA - The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship (NASM) launched this fall, bringing together 23 passionate and dedicated out-of-school-time (OST) and youth development professionals who, over two years, will engage in reflection, inquiry, and writing activities that position them to inform and contribute to the quality of programs, practice, and the broader field.

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Director Ellen Gannett to speak at National Conference on Summer Learning

The conference features 35 workshops focused on systems-building, knowledge and strategies for program managers, and innovative instructional approaches. Session topics will include: early learning, healthy summers, building and scaling summer learning systems, the latest research on program quality, connected learning, and meeting the socio-emotional as well as academic needs of middle school students. 

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Pennsylvania Master Trainers

resized-trainersNIOST trained 7 Master Trainers in the After-School Quality (ASQ) process of program improvement to build capacity across Pennsylvania as part if their Continuous Quality Improvement efforts. The training took place in Harrisburg and Grove City (East and West, PA) Sept 16-19.

Core Competencies


Wallace Foundation Releases Core Competencies

"The Wallace Foundation has made available the Strong Directors/Skilled Staff: Guide to Using the Core Competencies that NIOST put together for the New York Department of Youth and Community Development. This handbook outlines key skills - "core competencies" - needed by after-school program directors and those they supervise. It also offers guidance and tools on how to develop the skills, including questionnaires that managers and youth workers can use to determine their strengths and weaknesses." Read more here.


Afterschool Matters: An NYCWP Fellowship for Out-of-School Practitioners


nycwpTwenty-seven educators, program administrators and funders came together on September 14, 2012 to begin a year-long journey of exploring their practice and contributing to the growth of knowledge about the field of youth development. To read more about the kickoff of the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship Program (NASMFP) in New York City, click here.





NIOST Analyzes Youth Data for United Way and Lynn Public Schools

The Lynn Youth Survey is part of United Way's Community By Community initiative to engage and mobilize residents to pin point and address shared concerns. The survey was developed collaboratively with more than two dozen youth and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College analyzed the data collected. United Way will present the results at a community meeting in Lynn.

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Finding the Right Tool to Measure Outcomes in OST Programs



The Forum for Youth Investment, a non-profit, non-partisan action tank, has released a review of youth outcome tools. According to the Forum for Youth Investment, "Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids - but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. A new guide from the Forum for Youth Investment - From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes - is here to help them get the data they need.

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    "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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