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Year Published: 2009
A multi-year evaluation of New York City’s Out-of-School Time (OST) initiative, which was launched in 2005 to provide free, quality afterschool and summer learning programs to New York City students and served 181,000 children between 2005 and 2008. The evaluation found that participants in the program reported high levels of academic motivation and moderate levels of academic benefits. Additional findings include that students in the program reported that they felt that they belonged and were safe in the program, and among parents surveyed, 74 percent agreed that the program made it easier for them to keep their jobs and 73 percent agreed that they missed less work than they had previously because their children attended the OST program.
Program Name: New York City’s Out-of-School Time (OST) initiative
Program Description: The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) launched the Out-of-School (OST) Time Programs for Youth Initiative in 2005. The goal of this initiative was to provide young people with free, high-quality out-of-school time opportunities after school, on holidays, and during the summer. The initiative served more than 181,000 youth throughout New York City between 2005 and 2008 and served more than 81,000 across 622 programs during the 2007-08 academic year alone.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: New York City, NY
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School
Program Demographics: Fifty-one percent of participants were female, 39 percent were African-American, 38 percent were Hispanic, nine percent were Asian, seven percent were white, one percent were Native American, and six percent identified as “other.” Eighty-four percent were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, 20 percent were English language learners, and 16 percent had special needs or disabilities.