Children and youth who participate in Out-of-School Time programs gain the personal, social, emotional, and educational assets needed to support healthy development, increase well-being, and facilitate a successful transition through childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood.
Note:Organizations that do not have their own outdoor space may demonstrate that they access other outdoor spaces (e.g., neighborhood parks or school playgrounds) to implement these standards. If there is no access to an outdoor space, or if the activities offered do not require outdoor space, the organization should request an NA.
Examples: The characteristics of the outdoor space may vary based on the nature of the program and the type of activities offered. For example, an organization offering basketball should have access to a basketball court, an organization offering tennis should have access to a tennis court, and an organization offering walking or running groups should have access to sufficient space for children to engage in walking or running. Organizations that serve younger children and offer a variety of activity options will ideally provide access to an open area where children can run, jump, and play; a large field area for structured sports activities such as kickball; a hard surface for basketball, rollerblading, and bike riding; and a protected area for quiet play and socializing.
Supplies and equipment for outdoor activities are:
suited to the activities offered and the goals of the program;
in good condition;
sufficient for the number of children and youth in the program; and
appropriate to the ages and developmental levels of program participants, including for children and youth with differing levels of skill and ability.
When children are required to share supplies and equipment there should be a system in place to minimize wait time and facilitate orderly access for all.
There is adequate and convenient storage space for outdoor supplies and equipment.
Examples: An organization can demonstrate implementation of this standard by, for example: ensuring children and youth can access outdoor supplies and equipment on their own, and with ease; storing supplies and equipment close to the activity space, or moving them near the activity space during program time; and making sure that personnel rarely have to carry heavy equipment or large quantities of supplies long distances (or providing portable equipment on wheels when it is necessary to do so).
Permanent playground equipment is suitable for the ages, sizes, and abilities of children and youth.
NAThe organization does not use permanent playground equipment.