Childcare: Out-of-School Time


    Active Projects in this Area




  • Afterschool Matters

    Ongoing since 2007
    A National Research, Writing and Action Initiative

    The primary objective of this project is to manage the continuation of the well established Afterschool Matters Initiative, which includes several publications and a Research Grantee program, in addition to planning for the national expansion of a related action/research writing initiative.




  • Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS)

    Ongoing since 2006
    Assessing Quality Afterschool Programs

    APAS is an assessment system that helps programs link quality and youth outcomes together in a comprehensive and integrated fashion. It was developed to help address the accountability challenge that faces afterschool programs.




  • Boston Summer Learning Project

    Ongoing since 2010
    Evaluation of the Boston Summer Learning Project

    This project will evaluate the Boston Summer Learning Program




  • Building an Outcomes Evaluation System Phase III

    Ongoing since 2007
    Developing Youth and Family Surveys

    During this phase of work, NIOST will design and develop two additional measurement tools—a youth survey (SAYO-Y) and a family survey (SAYO-F). These two tools will be used by Massachusetts Department of Education grantees to better understand youth needs, their program experiences and help pinpoint areas where youth may benefit from additional support.




  • Campaign Coalition for Host Advocacy

    Ongoing since 2013
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    NIOST will provide expertise on OST field-building, research support, and technical assistance delivery of the HOST Campaign.




  • National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)

    Ongoing since 1978
    NIOST

    This long-term program has brought national attention to the importance of children's out-of-school time using research, training and advocacy to strengthen children's emotional, physical, and social development.




  • Next Generation Youth Work Coalition

    Ongoing since 2007
    Maintaining the Momentum

    The National Institute on Out-of-School Time will partner with The Forum for Youth Investment as champions for action with the Career Pathway's sites in San Diego and Long Beach, California. This will include leading research aspects of the project as well as working to anticipate the site's needs for information, support and tools in a variety of areas.




  • Online Learning Pilot Program Evaluation in Wyoming

    Ongoing since 2013
    Online Learning Program Evaluation

    NIOST will evaluate a new online learning program




  • OST (Out-of-School Time) Phsyical Activity Standards: Implementation Trends

    Ongoing since 2013
    Physical Activity in Out-of-School Time

    Implementation and dissemination of physical activity program for out-of-school time




  • Physical Activity Study in the Natick Public Schools: Focus on BOKS

    Ongoing since 2011
    Health Benefits of Physical Activity

    This project will focus on the BOKS program, which aims to improve kids' academic performance and overall health using physical activity to jump start children's brains in the morning.




  • Program Practices: An Investigation of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Standards and Practices

    2010-2011
    Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Out-of-School Programs

    This research study uses quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and multiple regression modeling to examine healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in a national sample of out-of-school time programs. 




  • Providence After School Association

    Ongoing since 2012
    Evaluation of the PASA Regular AfterZone and AfterZone Summer Scholar Programs

    This study evaluates the Regular AfterZone and AfterZone Summer Scholars programs.




  • Technical Assistance Project for Attleboro Public Schools

    Ongoing since 2013
    Afterschool Programs

    NIOST will assist with the implementation of a new afterschool program.


  • Archived Projects in this Area




  • After-School Gets Moving

    2010-2012
    Research Study on Physical Activity in OST

    The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) conducted a research study on After-School Gets Moving, a physical activity training resource tool for out-of-school time (OST) professionals.




  • Boston After-School Experiences Study (BASES)

    1994-1998
    Experiences in Boston After-School Programs

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study was created to better understand how children spend their after-school time, and how it may be best used to improve growth and learning. The study was stratified by ethnicity and took into account gender and social class.




  • Bringing Yourself to Work: Caregiving in After-School Environments

    2004-2005
    Caregiving in After-School Environments

    Researchers of this project found that adults who have an awareness of their own relational needs and capacities have the potential to be more effective caregivers and role models in childcare setting, resulting in better outcomes for both the adults and children.




  • Building a Skilled and Stable Workforce for After School Programs

    Building Afterschool Programs: Workforce

    Researchers gathered economists, policy-makers, and funders to develop several recommendations for building a skilled and stable workforce for After School Programs.




  • CityWorks: Building Strong Citywide Afterschool Initiatives

    Completed in 2004
    Building Strong Afterschool Initiatives: Policy Planning

    This project sought to improve the availability and preservation of out-of-school time programming and to disseminate information on recruiting, training, development, and finance.




  • Cross-Cities Network

    Completed in 2007
    Leaders of After-School Initiatives

    This project connected high-level leaders from different cities and states to educate them on the dynamic landscape of after-school programs. in hopes of directing the influence, funding, and high expectations of these leaders towards a "critical mass" of associated initiatives across the country.




  • Facilities for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Programs: Standards and Research

    Completed in 2011

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    An evaluation of physical spaces in Massachusetts child care settings.




  • From Out-of-School to Outer Space: Exploring the Solar System with NASA

    Completed in 2011
    Afterschool Activities from NASA

    The project combines out-of-school time (OST) professional advisors, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), and NASA experts from across the agency to use research-based strategies to develop afterschool activity guides adapted from NASA Planetary Science formal education curricula.




  • Learning Circles

    Completed
    Girl Scouts Mentoring

    This was an evaluation project of Learning Circles, a group mentoring program designed to provide opportunities for girls and adult mentors to meet regularly to discuss issues relevant to their lives. The results showed that girls enjoyed the opportunity for discussing issues relevant to their lives with women who were attentive.




  • Massachusetts Afterschool Research Study (MARS)

    Completed in 2005
    Researching Quality Afterschool Programming: Massachusetts

    This project sought to identify the most successful elements of afterschool programs in Massachusetts; including staff, policy making, funding, and program/activity participation.




  • Met Life Discovering Community Initiative: An Evaluation Project

    Completed in 2006
    Creating Communities in After-School Settings

    This was an evaluation of a national project that fosters more positive attitudes and stronger affiliations among middle school teachers, students, and parents within school communities.




  • New York City Urban Debate League: Investigating Youth's Experiences in a "Democracy in Action" Afterschool Program

    Completed in 2006
    NYC Debate Teams in Afterschool Programs

    This study examined the ways in which youth participate in the League: how do they experience the democratic ideals of a debate program? How do they come to consider and participate in democracy?




  • Out of Harm's Way

    Completed in 2009
    Preventing Violence in Boston Middle Schools

    The primary goal of the Out of Harm's Way (OHW) Initiative is to address the escalating violence in a subset of middle schools in the Boston Public Schools by offering comprehensive services and care, and increasing the participation of students in after school programming. Wellesley Centers for Women and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time would perform as the project evaluator.




  • Outcomes Evaluation of FasTracKids

    2007-2009
    Evaluation of Participants in FasTracKids

    international work The FasTracKids Research Study is a 19-month international study aimed at examining the link between participation in FasTracKids enrichment programs and child outcomes (children 4 and 5 years old). FasTracKids Enrichment Centers offer a variety of classes and activities designed to promote early learning, develop creative thinking and problem solving, build verbal communication, promote leadership and personal growth, and encourage a lifelong love of learning.




  • SCOPE: Evaluation project

    1999-2000
    After-School Program at Ecotarium, Massachusetts

    This three-year evaluation project was designed to measure the outcome of SCOPE, an inquiry-based science enrichment program for upper-elementary and middle-school aged girls.




  • Understanding the Impact of Arts Programming on School Dropout

    Completed in 2011
    Afterschool programs and school dropout

    This study will investigate the effective practices and support offered in an arts-based afterschool programs to reduce the dropout rate among high school students.




  • Youth Worker Career Pathways Project

    Completed in 2010
    Guiding States, Localities and Organizations toward a Framework for Policy and Practice

    The Career Pathways Project will lead to a set of guidelines promoting success and strengthening the work force for afterschool providers towards stability preparation, support and commitment to the wellbeing and empowerment of youth.


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