Child Care

Out-of-School Time Care

Characteristics of a Quality OST Program

A quality OST Program has the following characteristics:

  • Goal setting and strong management;
  • Quality staff;
  • Low staff to student ratios;
  • Attention to safety, health and nutrition issues;
  • Strong involvement from families;
  • Effective partnerships with community-based organizations, juvenile justice agencies, law enforcement and youth groups;
  • Coordination of learning with a regular school day;
  • Links between school-day teachers and OST personnel; and
  • Evaluation of program progress and effectiveness.