School-age Care and OST: A Conversation about the OST Workforce


In this article, EDC Senior Project Director Tony Streit shares his insights on the unique needs and challenges of the out-of-school time (OST) workforce and describes the mission and work of the EDC-led National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment: "We want to help people to understand the importance of the role of school-age care within the domain of out-of-school time. There doesn’t seem to be an awareness of how child care funding can be used for after-school and summer care, where funds are going and how they support child care services. Some of our goals are to examine strategies to increase access to these services and the use of child care funds for afterschool and summer programs. As well, we want to elevate quality across the board by sharing quality efforts and promising practices where there is innovation and indicators of success. … We are looking for models [nationally] for increasing access and improving quality in a range of settings to have the broadest impact."


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Publication Date: 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016