News and insights about Out-of-School Time in Philadelphia
View this email in your browser

 January NewsBOOST

OST Matters
Local Spotlight
Data and Quality Insights
Other News and Highlights
Did You Know?
Fun Facts


OST Matters

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation  provides more than just traditional Out-of-school Time Services

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) offers expanded learning opportunities during out-of-school time hours to young people within three general age groups: tots (ages 2-5), youth (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 13-18)  on top of its structured OST programming. PPR’s expanded learning opportunities include sports, athletic and outdoor recreation activities as well as cultural programming and camps. In FY2016 PPR offered these expanded learning opportunities to close to 180,000 youth program participants.

For more information about here.

Back To Top....

Local Spotlight
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc.

The Mercy Family Center of Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc. provides a comprehensive range of services to the Tioga-Nicetown community. Community members ages 2 to 105 are served by the Mercy Family Center. Among the vast array of services is a vibrant OST Program for elementary and middle school aged children and youth.

Mercy Family Center has been providing OST programming since 1993, when the program was originally held in Holy Souls School. In 2008, the OST program relocated to the newly renovated Mercy Family Center, which is LEED-certified and known as North Philadelphia’s first “Green” building. Age-appropriate OST programming is offered to all participants, with a particular focus on enrichment in STEM (established with a grant from the National Recreation Foundation) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).
“Afterschool is important to me because when I need help with my homework, somebody can help me here.”
- C., 3rd Grade OST Participant

Based on data in PhillyBOOST data system as of 12/27/16

To learn more about Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, you can view the full program spotlight on the PhillyBOOST website or go directly to their website.

Data and Quality Insights

What percent of current School Year OST participants are returning from previous school years?
Note:This month's Data and Quality section may be more relevant to our OST providers using our ETO data system

One potentially useful metric for observing how well an OST program is doing in engaging youth participants is to see what percent of participants return to the program from one school year to another. In order to assist programs with self-assessment in this area, we have put together a new report for providers who are using PhillyBOOST's ETO data system, which provides multi-year retention data for OST participants. The report is called "PhillyBOOST School Year Retention Report" and can be found on the View Reports page in ETO, after clicking the "Refresh Report List" button at the top of the page. This report shows what percent of current school year participants also attended any program offered by the same provider agency during the previous school year, as well as two, three, or four school years ago (numbers returning from the previous summer programming are also included). Feel free to contact the PhillyBOOST team if you have any questions about the data in this report or how to access it in ETO.

Another useful report that is available in ETO for DHS funded OST providers which we would like to draw attention to is the "Monthly Hours Report," which shows how many hours each participant has attended for a given month. This report can be set up to be emailed to program staff on a weekly basis, to help staff identify participants who may be falling behind attendance targets. If you would like to set up a scheduled monthly hours report to be emailed to you and/or other staff at your organization, contact Jeremy at

Other News and Highlights...

  • ETO Training:  The next ETO end-user training for DHS funded OST providers will be held on February 28th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the School District of Philadelphia-main campus. This is an end-user ETO training (with a focus on running and manipulating custom reports) for program staff at DHS-funded OST providers. The training will cover how to view information about your program's participants in ETO, and how to access and run custom reports about your program. In case you are not aware, PCAPS (DHS Database that tracks OST Data for DHS funded providers) data is uploaded nightly to ETO. Furthermore, if your agency has other OST funding streams, you can track that Data through ETO directly as well. More details including registration information can be found here…
  • Grant Opportunities:  The Stoneleigh Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for accomplished professionals to pursue discrete, multi-year projects that improve outcomes for Greater Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth. More details here...
  • Job opportunity: Out-of-School-Time (OST) Program Director, SEAMAAC: SEAMAAC (a nonprofit organization founded in 1984, as the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc.) has 30 years of experience serving and advocating for Philadelphia’s immigrants and refugees. For details about this position please click here...
  • Other
    Philadelphia Literacy Day
    Save the Date! May 13, 2017 - Philadelphia Literacy Day - A gathering of Readers, Writers and Thinkers in Philadelphia hosted by Tree House Books on what we hope will be a beautiful, sunny spring day...more details here.

 Did You Know?

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Developed and passed with strong, bipartisan agreement, ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act and provides significant flexibility around federal education policy by shifting authority back to states and communities.  More details about the law and the State of PA's ESSA plan are here...

The implementation of the ESSA provides tremendous opportunity for the State Afterschool Networks and other statewide afterschool organizations to elevate the importance of afterschool and summer learning programs with key audiences and secure additional out-of-school time resources. Below is a link to an online toolkit and playbook which are designed to help Networks and their allies understand which parts of the new law have the most potential to support afterschool and summer learning programs.
Click here for the ToolKit.

Source: Afterschool Alliance and PDE

 Fun Facts

January being the month when we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., here are some facts about MLK that you may not be aware of:
  • King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin. The civil rights leader was born Michael King, Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King, Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is the only non-president with a national holiday in his honor.
  • King Jr. skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered college (Moorehouse College) at the tender age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
  • King, Jr. is to date the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize, winning it in 1964 at the age of 35 (at the time he was the youngest overall for the Peace Prize).  
Sources:, and
PhillyBOOST is a collaboration between the various networks of Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs of Philadelphia. We have been working towards building an engaging, robust, data-driven out-of-school time delivery system so that all youth will have the opportunity to be engaged in positive activitiesduringafterschool hours, weekends and summer. PhillyBOOST out-of-school time programs (currently, DHS funded CBO’s, PPR, FLP and a few others) are marked by their use of our Information System and a commitment to continuous program quality improvement. Efforts and resources are being aligned to provide all children in Philadelphia, especially those in greatest need, with accessible, high quality programs and activities resulting in more and better opportunities for learning, while ensuring their safety and wellbeing.

Questions, ideas or feedback (including how you can be part of our growing network of providers)? Please email us at

Visit our website for more in-depth information and regular updates.
"Like us" on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Philly_BOOST by clicking on the icons below.
Copyright © 2017 Citywide OST Initiative, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp