Maryland Out of School Time

School Day Attendance & OST


Regular attendance at school is a prerequisite for academic success and graduation. Research shows that participating in high quality Out of School Time programs helps increase engagement in learning and improves school day attendance.  The Maryland Out of School Time Network wants to strengthen that connection by helping OST providers think more intentionally about their own attendance practices and partnering closely with schools to help identify and better serve youth with attendance challenges.

Maryland participated in the "Chronic Absence Technical Assistance Project" (supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation) with Attendance Works. In the process we conducted a survey on practice in the field and developed targeted tools and strategies. 

Survey Highlights

(118 Respondents - Site Directors of Out of School Time Programs from Across Maryland)

Links & Resources:

Attendance Works - National experts on reducing chronic absenteeism and increasing high attendance


Maryland Out of School Time Professional Attendance Training (Power Point) - an overview of how OST programs can be intentional about looking at student attendance and implement strategies for supporting students coming to school every day


Attendance Matters from MOST Network on Vimeo.