Believe it or not, but traditional school is back in session this month. For me, summer break has definitely flown by. With a large number of students getting ready to return to school, this wellness blog will focus on healthy out of school time standards for your before, after, and track out school care.
Although out of school summer programming is coming to an end, your department will likely still have before and after-school care duties, in addition to track out programming. The wellness blog has covered healthy out of school time standards extensively in the past, but with the school year coming up I think it's good to review them.
Healthy Out-of-School Time, or HOST standards, were created by a national coalition of out-of-school time providers. These standards give out of school time providers a great resource to offer healthy snacks and physical activity to children.
In 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly recognized the importance of out of school programs and the role they have in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity through House Bill 1030/Session Law 2016-94, Section 12E.2.
As a result, the NC Healthy Out of School Time (NC HOST) Recognition Program launched in April 2017. The NC HOST Recognition Program establishes a voluntary recognition designation for out of school time programs that meet a specific set of standards. NC HOST standards are a subset of the National after School Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (HEPA)
Your program is eligible to become a Healthy out of School Time site if you:
Operate ten hours or more per week on an on-going basis.
Provide regularly scheduled, structured and supervised activities where learning opportunities take place outside the typical school day.
Occur before school, after school, weekends, or during seasonal and track breaks.
Provide multiple activities.
Include private and public programs operating in a variety of settings.
Programs settings include public facilities such as schools, libraries, parks and recreation, community centers, colleges and universities, as well as private facilities.
Providers include school districts, municipalities, national not-for-profit organizations, local not-for-profit organizations, faith-based organizations and for-profit agencies.
Deliver activities to promote positive youth development which may include but are not limited to the following: academic support; educational enrichment; stem (science, technology, engineering, and math), cultural and social development; recreation; sports; fitness and wellness
To learn more about adopting HOST standards, check out our wellness toolkit page!
Until next time,