Out-of-School Time Initiative

The West Contra Costa Out-of-School Time (OST) Collaborative mission is to increase access to high quality out-of-school time programs that inspire, empower, and educate West Contra Costa children and youth.

Out-of-school time refers to the summer and after-school periods in a child’s life. Research demonstrates that children who participate in educationally-enriching activities during the summer and after-school periods perform significantly better than their peers who are not engaged in any meaningful activities during these periods of their life. Educationally-enriching activities include music, arts, science, sports, drama, camping, crafts, literature and other hands-on educational activities that engage children in learning that stimulates their social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Click here to learn about our afterschool and summer assett mapping.

Our cross-sector collaborative includes more than 25 member organizations representing community-based organizations, city recreation departments, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and local government agencies. We are working together to build a coordinated system of support for students during out of school time. Through the Collective Impact model, we are committed to improving the access to high quality programs for West Contra Costa County youth. Our goal is to expand sustainable high-quality out-of-school time  programming, with the best practices in youth development, academic improvement, and violence prevention for all students in West Contra Costa Unified School District.

Students who have access to music, art, science, sports and other enriching experiences during the summer and after school perform several grade levels ahead of their peers. High-quality out-of-school time programs provide students with learning experiences that lead to higher graduation rates, greater college enrollment and college completion, better preparation for the job market, and improved health and wellness outcomes for the duration of their lives.

In order to increase student access to quality summer programs, our collaborative members are actively developing a coordinated summer system of programming for West Contra Costa County. Our goal is to fully maximize access to available summer program slots, and work together to alleviate the impact of summer learning loss in our community.

In the 2015-2016 school year we:

  • Convened and coordinated activities for the West Contra Costa Out-of-School Time Collaborative
  • Launched Quality Initiative Pilot to improve program quality for Out-of-School Time providers
  • Awarded Quality Improvement Seals to 6 Out-of-School Time providers
  • Provided professional development to Out-of-School Time network on implementing Program Quality Assessment tool in alignment with West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Provided professional development to Out-of-School Time network on implementing West Contra Costa Out-of-School Time quality standards
  • Provided Get Your Summer On! Summer Activity Guides to 18,000 district families to get kids involved in high quality summer programs so that they can be safe, be active and keep learning
  • Launched 2nd Summer Pilot Program with the City of Richmond, expanding to 4 sites
  • Awarded $20,000 in Arts & Music Grants funds to support summer programming

We are mobilizing our energy and collective resources to expand summer and after-school program options for children, ensure equitable access to quality programs, and provide training and support for collaborative members. Ultimately our goal is to build a community-wide out-of-school time system that is informed by data, enriched through discourse, and infused with innovative ideas to support our children and youth.

Become a Member

The Out-of-School Time collaborative is open to the participation of all interested parties who seek to increase youth access to high quality OST programming and increase the number of youth who participate in strong OST programs. 

  • Sign the Memorandum of Understanding (executive director’s signature required)
  • Assign a designated representative to attend all membership meetings
  • Participate in decision-making and governance
  • Assign a designated representative to serve on work-groups/committee(s)
  • Like us on Facebook
Benefits of Membership
  • Determine OST collaborative annual agenda
  • Listed in collaborative Directory
  • Access to funding opportunities
  • Access to network and WCCUSD data
  • Participate in professional development
  • Relationship building with collaborative/WCCUSD
  • Advocacy at District, Local, Regional, State, and Federal levels.
Documents for Membership

See this report by NBC News regarding the impact of summer learning loss:

Take a look at this interview of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: