Based on a detailed examination of 111 high-quality afterschool and summer programs in six cities, this groundbreaking report estimates the costs of strong programming and finds widespread cost differences. The cost variables stem from program factors including program hours, youth-staff ratios, age groups served and types of facilities—each of which represents significant choices made by program leaders.
In addition, the report finds that programs typically rely on a range of funding sources, including in-kind contributions. Moreover, per-child costs in larger programs are not necessarily less expensive than those in smaller programs.
The data and findings in the report can help afterschool and summer managers as well as policymakers and funders understand the range of costs for a wide variety of programs, customize their own programs to suit local conditions, more accurately estimate the funding needed to expand high-quality programs and clarify their thinking about how to coordinate public and private funding.
An online cost calculator
can based on the study and updated in 2015 can help users determine the costs of various OST options.