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New Report on High-Quality OST


In 2003, the Wallace Foundation gave grants to five cities to help improve their out-of-school-time (OTS) programs through reducing inefficiency and redundancy, increasing cooperation, and increasing the accessibility and quality of the programs. In a recent report  Rand assessed the progress of these sites in creating a "coordinated system of services."

The report "Hours of Opportunity" comes in three volumes. The first focuses on lessons that can be learned from these cities, the second on the importance of data and implementing a good information system, and the third is made up of individual case studies of each city. The study found that financial support and active support from the mayor  are mechanisms that can increase coordination between programs and agencies and proved to be important to the success of OTS programs. The study also found that it was important to look at the individual "city context" when considering new programs and implementation strategies because every city is different and there is no one-size-fits-all design.

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