COSA is designed to elevate the field of out-of-school time (OST) education and programming as a key to breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty.
Towards this end, COSA strengthens the OST field via a three-prong approach:
- Helping OST programs build organizational capacity,
- Conducting high quality research that promotes innovative models, and
- Advocating for the field.
How did it begin?
COSA was formed in 2018 as a department of Open Doors, Inc., in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education to provide high quality, ongoing professional development and mentoring support for Expanded Learning Time and Out-of- School Time programs that are recipients of Ohio's 21st CCLC grants.
COSA's goal is to use a multi-tiered approach to increase the skills, competencies, and confidence of 21CCLC grantees across Ohio.
COSA also wants to use its position as a convener among OST programs to help produce stronger OST outcomes and increase collaboration between programs, partners, and the state.