Out of School Time/Expanded Learning
High-quality Out of School Time/Expanded Learning programs, operated with help from community organizations, give students a chance to thrive in their chosen interests.
CMSD offers programs after school, at every school, during the school year and at select schools during the Summer Learning Experience.
Expanded learning offers young people and their families:
- Academic support
The after-school programming helps CMSD scholars:
- Achieve in the classroom
- Connect with caring adult mentors and friends
- Get help with homework
- Feel well physically and mentally
The evidence is clear that attending a high-quality OST/Expanded Learning program is beneficial to students’ success.
Highlights from the Afterschool Alliance’s study "America After 3pm"
Surveys suggest high connection with important benefits, when self-reported.Kids in afterschool enjoy a wide range of benefitsInteracting with peers and building social skills90%Taking part in physical activity85%Engaging in STEM learning73%
Parents also cite positive outcomes for them when their child is enrolled in a high-quality OST/Expanded Learning program.Parents with kids in afterschool benefit tooGives working parents peace of mind92%Keeps their kids safe92%Helps working parents keep their jobs89%
The Covid-19 pandemic impacted scholars’ ability to connect, with their teachers, their school services, and each-other. It also led to a dramatic drop in participation in any afterschool activities.
The effects were deeply felt by lower income communities:
This means that there is no better time to enroll your student in an OST program—discuss with your Family Support Specialist now.