NAA Publishes Helpful Out-Of-School Time (OST) Equity News

How OST Leaders Can Commit to Equity

As Pride month closes, we all must reflect on our commitments to systems-level changes. The Out-of-School Time (OST) Leader’s Guide to Equitable Hiring and Staff Development Practices intends to catalyze the OST workforce, our stakeholders, and partners to examine systems and elevate practices and policies that will build and strengthen the field.

OST Workforce: Bridging the Gap Between Vision and Reality

At their latest Summit for Out-of-School Learning, NAA State Affiliate, the Indiana Afterschool Network, held a special pre-conference session envisioning a robust OST field. A future with livable wages, benefits, sustainability, and flexibility–all components of job quality–were top of mind for participants. We’ve got more work to do to make the vision of a valued and compensated workforce a reality, but together we can make a difference!

Health Equity in OST

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded funding for a Collaborative for Advancing Health Equity in Out-of-School Time (CAHE-OST). Over the next five years, NAA will partner with Education Development Centers to improve the health and well-being of youth and staff in OST programs, focusing on populations most impacted by health disparities.