Out-of-School Time Quality to Youth Outcomes

Ongoing since 2017

Principal Investigator: Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

Project Director: Katie Wheeler, Ed.D.

Funder: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

This study examines whether extended participation in high-quality OST programs is positively associated with the development of literacy skills and social emotional learning skills. Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this research is taking place in Minnesota and Massachusetts. It is a partnership among four organizations: the American Institutes for Research (AIR); the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST); the Minnesota Department of Education; and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our goal is to follow youth who participate in these programs over the span of two consecutive years while enrolled in Grades 1 and 2 in Massachusetts and in Grades 4 and 5 in Minnesota. Findings will inform a better understanding of how extended participation in high-quality 21st CCLC programs is associated with growth and development of social-emotional learning skills and other essential skills and competencies measured over time, and development of key literacy skills.

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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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