Frequently Asked Questions

Parent Questions

What opportunities are available in which I can enroll my child?

There are a wide range of fulfilling quality programs for youth between the ages of 5 and 18, with interests in:

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Camp
  • College &  Career Readiness
  • Community Service
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cultural Awareness
  • International Studies & Travel
  • Journalism and Writing
  • Languages & Linguistics
  • Mentoring
  • Sports and Recreation
  • STEM
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • And more

How do I find out the cost of each program?

There will be a cost associated with some, but not all, of the listed programs. Each program listing will indicate whether or not a cost is required and what that cost will be.

Where is this program located? What times do they operate? Is there transportation assistance?

Each program listing will indicate where the program is located, along with days and hours of operation. Many of the listings will indicate whether or not transportation to and from the location is available. The program locator tool on this site is searchable by interest and age group, as well as by location, times of operation, and more.

Potential Member Program Questions

When can my site join the YPQI process?

The Out 2 Learn Network has two YPQI cycles that take place during Spring and Fall of each year. Select sites may be eligible to join a summer cycle.

How long is the YPQI process?

An entire cycle (Fall or Spring) is about 4 months, allowing enough time for sites to complete their self-assessment and to create an action plan to create growth.

How much does it cost to join the YPQI process?

Nothing! When you become a part of the Out 2 Learn network we cover the expense of the YPQI process, including training and materials.

How can our program receive an external assessment of quality?

United Way and the Harris County Department of Education’s CASE for Kids program will be conducting external assessments of quality. Due to the demand for external assessments, it may take up to 3 years to receive an external assessment. Before a program can receive an external assessment, the program must be part of the Out 2 Learn network. All interested programs should contact Ashley Tate at atate@unitedwayhouston.org to join the Out 2 Learn network.

Is there a way to reclassify our program (into a different category, age group, etc.)

Program classifications are based on a yearly data collection process. To reclassify your program before the next annual data collection, the designated Out 2 Learn representative at your organization can contact Haya Khan at hkhan@unitedwayhouston.org.

Are there currently any funding opportunities available for out-of-school time Providers?

The 2018 Out 2 Learn Summer Grant application closed on May 4, 2018. However, you can request to be added to the Out 2 Learn listserv so that you can be the first to find out about future grant opportunities and other Out 2 Learn-related news! Contact olearn@unitedwayhouston.org if you are interested.

Sponsor Questions

How much weight should I give the Committed 2 Quality icons?

The Committed 2 Quality icon denotes a program’s participation in the Out 2 Learn network and a continuous quality improvement process. Programs who have received the icon have submitted an approved strategic plan for quality improvement.

What does it mean when a program doesn’t have a Committed 2 Quality icon?

Programs that do not participate in the Out 2 Learn network and who have not submitted an approved strategic plan for quality improvement do not receive a Committed 2 Quality icon / award.

What does it mean to be listed on the website? Are these programs endorsed by the Council?

The Out 2 Learn website is intended to be a repository of all out-of-school time youth programs in greater Houston. Any program that submits program data to Haya Khan at hkhan@unitedwayhouston.org is able to be listed on the website. Listed programs are not endorsed by the Coordinating Council for quality.