Out-of-School Time (OST) is the time that a child or youth spends in after school programming.

Research shows that children in OST programs are more likely to enjoy learning, attend school, and be more active.

This fall, the Office of Children and Families is working with 48 providers to engage more than Philadelphia 6,100 students at 128 OST programs.

OST programs let kids have fun and learn, while keeping them safe until a parent can pick them up. These programs can help students achieve better grades and make friends, all while having fun!

The programs are across Philadelphia, with a variety of options to choose from, including:

  • Creative and performing arts
  • Athletics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

The programs build skills for reading, high school transition, career exposure, and college preparedness. Many of the programs offer options for kids of all ages.

Here’s how you can find the best after-school program for your student:

  1. Visit the Out-of-School Time Program Locator
  2. Use the filter on the left side to search for programs in your zip code, child’s age range, interests and more
  3. Call or email the provider you want to enroll your child in using the contact information on the locator
  4. Start your awesome OST adventure!

Many OST programs will take place in School District of Philadelphia schools. Charter, parochial, private and community-based locations including recreation centers will also be available. These programs will begin on Monday, September 8.

Other Options:

  • Philadelphia Parks & Recreation offers after school programs in every area of the city. Check with your neighborhood recreation center or click here to learn more.
  • For information on the Free Library of Philadelphia’s LEAP program, click here.

Most programs run until June 2022, but please be sure to check with the program for their full schedule.