Customized Solutions

At NIOST, we excel at helping professionals in the field create and offer high quality out-of-school time programs for children and youth. With our expertise, and by drawing on best practices from the field, we can help customize the right approaches to meet your program’s and staff’s specific needs.




We partner with schools as well as summer, afterschool, and other out-of-school time programs to help in these ways:

Enhancing Program Quality

  • Guidance and Coaching on Continuous Program Quality Improvement (CQI)
  • Implementing Program Quality-Building Tools
  • Professional Development Workshops on Leadership and Coaching
  • Program Self-Assessment and Action Planning
  • Sustainability Planning for Programs and Practices
  • Technical Assistance to Support System-Building at the Local and Intermediary Levels

Measuring Outcomes

  • Measuring Summer Camp Program Quality and Accountability
  • Planning and Measuring Social and Emotional Skill-Building
  • Setting Goals and Plans for Youth Outcome Metrics

Supporting Youth Development

We’re here to help you find solutions for your priority needs now, and plan for your long-term goals. Through our individualized consultations, customized training, and research / evaluation partnerships we can help you, your team, and your program provide quality for all.



    "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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The National Institute on Out-of-School Time

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