Baltimore's After School Strategy, is a multi-organizational, citywide initiative to increase the number and improve the quality of after school programs available for Baltimore's youth. The initiative is grounded in the theory that that learning is not restricted to the school setting. Children and youth need a variety of formal and informal learning opportunities to stay engaged in their school and community and to make a safe and healthy transition through adolescence to adulthood. The main components of the Strategy are:
- Mobilizing funds to support the development, improvement and expansion of after-school opportunities. After school opportunities includes place-based after school programs referred to as "Youth Places", school-based programs referred to as "BOOST" and "BOOST High" sites and "A-Teams" which serve to increase the availability of high-quality academic, arts and athletic opportunities to middle school youth;
- Promoting research-based standards for after-school programming (the Standards for Baltimore After-School Opportunities in Youth Places were developed based on the National School Age Childcare Alliance standards);
- Monitoring program performance and ensuring accountability of funded after school programs (conducted by the Family League of Baltimore City);
- Evaluating funded after school programs and the After School Strategy to ensure quality, effectiveness and to gauge youth outcomes; and
- Offering training and capacity building assistance to after school providers .