Kathy Schleyer

Director of Training & Quality Improvement

Kathy Schleyer is the Director of Training and Quality Improvement at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She oversees the national and local training activities conducted by NIOST in support of afterschool programs working on areas such as continuous program improvement, leadership and management skill-building, and coaching and technical assistance. In this role, under subcontract from EDC, she is the NIOST Project Director of the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment, one of eight technical assistance centers supporting child care, funded by the federal Office of Child Care. Kathy is a co-Principal Investigator for the Literacy and Quality Improvement Initiative funded by the Wm Penn Foundation, managing coaches and trainers to support a cohort of K-3rd grade OST providers in Philadelphia. This project combines online training, in-person events and a virtual community of practice to provide intensive content in small segments supported by coaching.

Schleyer brings extensive expertise in OST professional development including the usage of field-tested tools to support quality improvement system building at the national, state, regional and local level. She leads NIOST staff in the development of custom training content and supports NIOST and consultant trainers who travel throughout the United States to support OST staff development.

Schleyer has contributed to publications including Coaching for Quality in Out-of School Time: A How to Guide, available free on NIOST’s website.


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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