Investments in Building Citywide Out-of-School-Time Systems: A Six-City Study

Investments in Building Citywide Out-of-School-Time Systems: A Six-City Study

Public/Private Ventures and the Finance Project have issued the final report in a series funded by the Wallace Foundation that examines the costs of out-of-school-time (OST) programs and the city-level systems needed to support them. The report, Investments in Building Citywide Out-of-School-Time Systems: A Six-City Study (108 pages, PDF), looks at how six cities — Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York City, Seattle, and Charlotte, North Carolina — are working to secure and support the leadership, information, and other resources necessary to deliver quality OST programs citywide. While difficult to do in the current political and fiscal environment, the study found that a growing body of research and practice supports the claim that carefully planned and designed investments in OST infrastructure can benefit school-age children and youth, their families, and their communities.