BUILDING EFFECTIVE OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME COALITIONS a high-quality out-of-school time system is a long-term undertaking. Your United Way cannot and should not go it alone—you need strategic partners to inform and be part of creating a shared vision of out-of-school time for the community. You also need partners to take responsibility for executing on specific strategies that will help your community realize the vision. Building and sustaining a strong out-of-school time coalition can help achieve a shared vision of community goals, but partners need to be engaged strategically early on, with the common end goal in mind.

This toolkit can help you think about the roles your United Way can play to build new (or add value to existing) out-of-school time coalitions, consider collective actions your coalition can take to improve out-of-school time efforts in your community, and connect you to resources to strengthen your coalition.