22 Jun 2012,
Topic: » After-School System-Building
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jessica Donner
First national survey of OST intermediaries shows that they play important roles in building program quality, funding and access
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Even in a recessionary economy, out-of school time intermediaries helped increase the number of children in their cities or regions who were able to access expanded learning opportunities. This and other findings are from the first-ever national survey of out-of-school time intermediaries by the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS).
Out-of-school time (OST) intermediaries work at the center of multifaceted city and regional networks of government, schools, foundations, and front-line providers of after-school and other expanded learning opportunities. Many intermediaries are active in helping to build and support citywide or regional after-school systems. CBASS surveyed these nonprofit coordinating organizations in an attempt to better understand what intermediaries do, pinpoint how they’ve made the greatest gains and suggest ways for spreading the progress to other cities and regions. The survey was conducted in the fall of 2011, with 212 intermediaries responding.
The survey and resulting report, “Making the Connections: A Report on the First National Survey of Out-of-School Time Intermediary Organizations,” was made possible through a grant from The Wallace Foundation.
Major findings include:
Organized citywide and regional after-school systems have emerged only in the last few decades, and many communities are without them. Yet the need for effective OST intermediaries grows as the country changes and fewer homes have an adult around after 3 PM.
In analyzing survey data CBASS found that intermediaries come in all shapes, sizes and places, including local coordinating organizations, community foundations and statewide afterschool networks. Survey respondents indicate they need help and financing to build data systems and time to show positive program results. The survey also found that local OST intermediaries and Statewide Afterschool networks are policy leaders who report shaping policy and increasing funding through legislation.
CBASS is a coalition of leading after-school intermediary organizations representing cities and regions across the country. Its mission is to expand the availability of high-quality learning opportunities, including after-school and summer, that help children gain the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to lead successful lives.
The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children. Wallace’s major initiatives include efforts to help selected cities make good out-of-school time programs available to many more children. The foundation maintains an online library of free publications.
The CBASS partners are TASC, New York City; The After-School Institute, Baltimore; After School Matters, Chicago; Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign; Boston After School and Beyond; Chicago Allies for Youth Success; Partnership for Children and Youth, Bay Area, California; Prime Time Palm Beach County; Providence After School Alliance.