seedling growing through concrete

Connecting with Nature in a Concrete Jungle

February 13, 2019

Out-of-school time educators who work in urban settings may feel like they have few to no options for connecting youth to nature. Where is nature in a concrete jungle? But Smith reminds all of humanity that even in the toughest urban settings, the natural world breaks through. It is the educator's job to notice nature and to provide opportunities for children to observe and be curious about it. Likewise, it is the provider's role to introduce nature to a setting when it is absent.

Children learning to work together on a soccer team.

OST Programs - Where the Magic Happens!

December 11, 2018

Children learning to work together on a soccer team. Kids in the midst of a gardening activity stopping to examine grasshoppers in the garden. Youth learning about and solving real-world problems.

STEM Celebrations in December

STEM Celebrations in December

November 30, 2018

World AIDS Day, Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code, Disability Day, World Soil Day, International Day of Veterinary Medicine, Gingerbread House Day, Games Day

Out-of-School Time STEM Learning Opportunities Inspire Young People to Explore, Discover & Create

Out-of-School Time STEM Learning Opportunities Inspire Young People to Explore, Discover & Create

November 13, 2018

The process of teaching and learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) offers youth opportunities to make sense of the world they live in and prepare them for the future workforce. High-quality STEM opportunities help youth develop critical-thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills; enhance creativity; and engage in an investigative process.

STEM Celebrations in November

STEM Celebrations in November

October 22, 2018

Family Literacy Day, International Games Week, National STEM Day, National Day of Design, International Science Center and Science Museum Day, Project Feeder Watch, Veteran's Day, American Education Week, America Recycles Day

volunteer frontline staff members walking together and laughing

Staff are the Key to Quality OST Programs

October 16, 2018

Even though our legislators and government don't always appear to see the importance of out-of-school time (OST) programs, those of us who have worked in the field or have children who attend these programs, know that they make a huge difference in the lives of children and families. Why are they so effective in supporting youth success?