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  • Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Hiring and Staff Development in OST

    Over the last 20 years, Out-of-School Time (OST) has progressed with research, practice, and policies related to program quality, yet workforce stability, recruitment, and retention of direct-service workers continues to be a challenge. The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) recently launched Read More
  • Increase Access to Computer Science with Afterschool Coding Classes

    Today’s children are growing up in a world that is highly reliant on technology. They will also face a job market where computer and technology skills will not only give them a head start but will likely be required. However, Read More
  • The First Round of ESSER Funding is Ending on September 30th. Are You Ready?

    Millions of dollars are being pumped into school and out-of-school time (OST) programs by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund, allowing those programs to make enormous headway into addressing learning loss caused by the pandemic. Schools are Read More
  • Stay With Me

    All too often, employers are asking questions that could help retain a valued employee after the employee is already out the door. Read More
  • Calling In a New Booklist

    I recently got into an argument with a white cis male Linkedin business "influencer" about the booklist he released that, amongst the over 100 titles, included almost no women or BIPOC authors. Of course, his responses were defensive: "I read Read More
  • Keeping Kids Healthy and Happy!

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 children in the US has obesity. September’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is a chance to learn more about strategies OST programs can use to support the health and Read More
  • Self-Care Isn’t Selfish!

    Working in the OST field means taking care of youth, families, and communities. But how can you be expected to take care of those around you if you aren’t taking care of yourself? Self-care means taking the time to do Read More
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