The Philadelphia Office of Children and Families (OCF) Out-of-School Time Project invests in quality programs for Philadelphia children and youth, grades K-12.

OST programs are a critical resource for vulnerable children, youth, families, and communities. OST programs improve educational and employment outcomes for children, youth families, and communities. 

Quality OST programs should:

  • improve social and emotional skills
  • enhance resilience
  • reduce truancy and improve school attendance
  • increase reading motivation
  • support grade promotion
  • improve high school graduation rates

OST programs also enable parents to take part in the work force and offer employment to community residents.

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is the fiscal and contracting entity for Philadelphia OCF Out-of-School Time Project (OST) and manages the bidding process. In this role, PHMC in collaboration with Philadelphia OCF, supports the provider community through data collection and reporting related to provider service delivery, oversees provider contract development, execution, invoicing and payment, as well as provides program quality support and assessment.

Philadelphia OCF will facilitate and monitor continuous quality improvement practices for all funded providers.