The City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services Out of School Time Project (DHS OST) program provides after-school and summer programs to more than 18,000 Philadelphia children and youth grades K-12. In July 2008, PHMC assumed the role of intermediary for OST. As intermediary, PHMC provides contract oversight, data management, and fiscal oversight. PHMC seeks to 1) increase provider knowledge and skills in various aspects of program implementation in effort to promote and improve program quality; 2) increase provider youth enrollment and participation; and 3) support providers to achieve target youth retention and dosage levels. PHMC manages the Request for Proposal process, reviews provider applications and makes funding recommendations to the City; contracts community based OST providers to provide the programs; issues payment to providers; monitors provider contracts and programs; operates and enhances a web-based information system that supports OST; reports at the participant, provider, and program level; and manages other key OST related tasks for the City of Philadelphia.

In FY 2014, 70 provider agencies provide afterschool and summer programs to over 18,000 youth. Of the 200 school year programs, 105 serve elementary age youth, 55 serve middle school youth, and 40 serve high school youth. Programs are located across the city in public, parochial, private and charter schools, in churches, in community based centers, and in recreation centers. Programs offer a variety of activities including sports/fitness/health, arts, life skills, academic enrichment, leadership development, and recreational/social.

Since the 1990s, the importance of the out-of-school time programming for children and youth grew in response to the needs of working families, concerns about problem youth behaviors, and poor academic performance. There is a consensus on the social and emotional benefits for children and youth who participate in high-quality after school programming. The social and emotional outcomes associated with after school program participation include increased self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, decreased behavior problems, improved communication skills, as well as enhanced ability to effectively interact with peers and adults. (Little et. al, 2007). DHS has outlined the following goal areas and associated youth outcomes for OST programs.

Goal Area 1: Life Skills
FY 2014 Youth Outcomes:

  • Improved Life Skills
  • Improved Relationships

Goal Area 2: Academic Enrichment
FY 2014 Youth Outcomes:

  • Engagement in Learning
  • Engagement in School
  • Aspires to Educational Excellence

Goal Area 3: College and Career Readiness
FY 2014 Youth Outcomes:

  • Prepared for Higher Education and Employment

In effort to focus the work by model, programs have been designated primary focus areas in FY 2014. Elementary programs will implement OST activities which focus on the youth outcomes related to increased engagement in learning and school; primary emphasis will be on promoting best practices in homework help among program staff. Middle model and High model programs will implement programming which focuses on the youth outcome related to improved life skills and relationships through the implementation of structured activities.

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