About the Out-of-School Time Cost of Quality Calculator | The Wallace Foundation

The Quality Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs Cost Calculator is an online resource for calculating the costs of quality OST programs and learning about how to develop programming and build citywide systems that support high-quality OST.  

The estimates in the Quality OST Cost Calculator – updated to reflect 2011 dollar figures and cost of living data – draw on findings from The Cost of Quality OST Programs, a report written by Public/Private Ventures and The Finance Project, two national nonprofit research organizations. The report, which was commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, gathered and examined data from 111 programs in six cities (Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, New York and Seattle). The programs varied dramatically in focus, content, location, staffing, management and hours of operation. Researchers collected detailed information from fiscal year 2005 on the programs’ out-of-pocket spending as well as in-kind contributions (such as free use of space) programs received. This allowed the study to show the total costs of quality programming. All programs included in the study were identified as “quality programs” by local leaders. Moreover, the researchers determined that each program:

  • had been in operation at least two years,
  • had appropriate staff/youth ratios, and
  • had other key characteristics associated with quality.

In addition, each of the programs for elementary and middle school students was determined to have high rates of student participation. Because the aim of the research was to examine the costs of quality programming, the programs studied are not representative of the “average” OST program or of programs in general across the country.

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