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OST Matters  |  Work Group Updates  | Research & Analysis
Opportunities & Resources 

OST Matters

Join us for the second annual Citywide Out-of-School Time Initiative (COI) meeting.  Monday, February 26 at the Franklin Institute from 9:00AM-12:30PM.  It has been almost a year since the launch of COI-- Come hear about current progress and provide your input about areas of work for 2018.  Detailed agenda and formal invite to follow.    
Work Group Updates

Program Quality
We are merging the COI Early Literacy working group and the Read by Fourth's Campaign's (Rb4) OST working group.  Join us for the first meeting of the combined working group to discuss the current state of COI's early literacy work including: the launch of Philly Reading Coaches, next steps with NIOST, a preview of the second annual COI meeting as well as a review of Rb4's OST goals for 2018-2022.  Wednesday, January 31, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM in Room 407 at the Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine St.). Email Janette Chien ( to join this working group and to RSVP for January 31st. 

Research & Analysis

New Research
The Rand Corporation recently published a report on The Value of Out-of-School Time Programs. The overall conclusion is that OST programs are generally effective at producing the primary outcomes that would be expected based on their programming. However, the primary benefits of such programs are often understudied or underreported. When making funding decisions, federal, state, and local governments and private foundations should consider all the benefits that programs provide to youth and families and emphasize program quality.

Opportunities & Resources

Roadmap for Growth: Exploring Business Engagement in Philadelphia's Schools
Beyond charitable investment, a growing number of companies are investing in neighborhood schools through time and talent. These public/private partnerships are yielding expert-led school-based models that are expanding throughout Philadelphia. Hear from Chamber members who are leading the way by implementing financial literacy, professional development, and/or skills-training programs in some of Philadelphia’s most distressed neighborhoods.

Monday, January 29, 2018 at Girard College (2101 South College Avenue)
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Registration
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Program

Click here to register and for more information 
The Citywide Out-of-School Time Initiative is a collaboration committed to developing a shared, inclusive and coordinated OST system to help us reach ambitious goals on behalf of our young people.This new collaboration works to align the various OST efforts of the Managing Director’s Office; the Department of Human Services; Parks & Recreation; the Free Library; the School District of Philadelphia; and other existing and potential stakeholders.


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