Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance

The Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (KYOSA) serves as the infrastructure to support the continued growth, development and accessibility of quality out-of-school time (OST) programs to promote the success of children and youth. KYOSA aspires to help children and youth succeed through effective OST experiences.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • Policy related – Brought together a diverse team of out-of-school time professionals to build a quality rating scale off of the Kentucky School-Age Standards. The proposed rating scale was delivered to the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood to be considered as they worked to reshape Kentucky’s Quality Rating Scale under a Race to the Top Early Childhood Grant Award. This gave a voice to school-age program providers in the state’s efforts to improve quality of licensed child care programs.

  • Most successful Breakfast with Legislators, yet! 22 Representatives and 11 Senators met one-on-one for breakfast with an afterschool program provider or KYOSA leadership team member to learn about the importance of out-of-school time programs for Kentucky’s children and youth. 

  • Quality related – Building a team of certified and/or credentialed school-age trainers (with school-age experience) to deliver high-quality training and increase affordability, access, and availability of school-age specific trainings across the Commonwealth. 

  • Partnered to offer school-age specific trainings through an online platform. Trainings have been approved for Licensing Clock Hours.

The  Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance continues to work on the following areas:
  • Mapping school-age programs across Kentucky.

  • Presenting sustainability trainings for Rural Programs.