This toolkit can help you:
  • Engage Key Stakeholders - Learn more about how to engage youth, parents, school leaders, and other key stakeholders to develop a shared vision and goals for out-of-school time.
  • Make the Case for Out-of-School Time - Learn how to make a strong and persuasive argument for out-of-school time as part of a comprehensive set of wrap-around supports for children and youth.
  • Strengthen Program Quality - Learn more about the elements of quality programs and how your United Way and community partners can strengthen quality.
  • Collect and Use Data Effectively - Determine what type of data to collect to demonstrate progress, reassess and improve programs; and learn how your United Way and community partners can improve data quality, access and use.
  • Develop an Out-of-School Time Action Plan - Learn how to work with committed stakeholders to draft out-of-school time actions plans that:
    • Account for local community conditions and reflect the voice of the community.
    • Articulate a big picture vision for children and youth.
    • Are research and evidence-based.
    • Outline specific strategies and recommendations to ensure that more young people have access to out-of-school time opportunities that support their growth and development.
    • Mirror the United Way business model - by using an aligned approach to developing, implementing, measuring and communicating about your work on out-of-school time.
  • Communicate Results for Children and Youth - Understand what the research says about the impact of high quality programs and learn about the ways that your United Way can strengthen outcomes for young people who participate in out-of-school time programs.
  • Access - tools, templates and tips to do strategic work in out-of-school time without reinventing the wheel.

This toolkit will be gradually expanded and updated over time, so that the contents evolve to reflect the most current research, tools, and best practice. We invite you to submit your out-of-school time resources for possible inclusion and also share suggestions for improving the toolkit. Please send your suggestions and/or resources to