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ERIC Number: ED536881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Collecting and Using Information to Strengthen Citywide Out-of-School Time Systems. Strategy Guide
Russell, Lane; Little, Priscilla
National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families (NJ1)
Cities around the country are building systems that seek to make the most of public and private resources to provide widespread, high-quality, out-of-school time opportunities. Local officials are leading these efforts because participation in OST programs not only benefits young people but also the cities in which they live, with the potential to support many city priorities--from reducing crime to creating a more skilled workforce. However, even with growing public awareness of the importance of OST as a learning and developmental support, millions of children, especially the neediest, are missing out on these opportunities, with an estimated 15.1 million children returning to an empty house at the end of the school day. This guide provides municipal leaders and their key partners with strategies for collecting and using information to strengthen citywide OST systems. The six strategies presented here are intended to help build the capacity of communities to get and use information across a citywide system: (1) Collect attendance and participation information to support access, enrollment and quality improvements; (2) Conduct market research to assess family, youth and community needs; (3) Use geographic information system (GIS) technology to identify service gaps and improve access; (4) Develop, adapt and implement a citywide program quality assessment tool; (5) Conduct and support program and city-level evaluation efforts; and (6) Develop common, system-wide outcome measures/indicators. (Contains 3 footnotes and 14 resources.)
National League of Cities. 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 550, Washington, DC 20004. Tel: 202-626-3000; Fax: 202-626-3043; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Wallace Foundation
Authoring Institution: National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education and Families; Harvard Family Research Project
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Florida; Idaho; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Ohio; Rhode Island; Tennessee; Texas; Washington