2022 Edition

Out-of-School Time Services (CA-OST) 10: Programming and Activities: Arts Education and Enrichment

Children and youth participate in visual or performing arts activities designed to help them build new skills and increase their understanding and appreciation of the arts.
NA Arts programming is not a core element of the programs run by the organization.


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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: Please note that the more general expectations included in CA-OST 9 also apply to the activities addressed in this core concept.
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
No Self-Study Evidence
  • Curricula for previous six months
  • Programming/activity plans for previous six months
  • Daily schedules for past month
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Children, youth, and families
  • Observe program activities


CA-OST 10.01

Programming is focused on at least one of the following major arts disciplines: 
  1. visual arts;
  2. dance;
  3. music; and/or
  4. theatre.
Examples: Some programs may find it helpful to partner with local organizations and providers to improve programming and access specialized resources. Examples of relevant arts organizations include, but are not limited to: museums, theatres and theatre troupes, arts education organizations, school arts and music educators, and local businesses such as dance studios or music halls.


CA-OST 10.02

Children and youth are: 
  1. helped to develop an understanding of concepts and history relevant to the arts discipline of focus; and
  2. engaged in projects that enable them to develop and hone skills relevant to the artistic process.


CA-OST 10.03

Children and youth are encouraged to: 
  1. be creative;
  2. express themselves through their art; and
  3. communicate the ideas and feelings that underlie their work.


CA-OST 10.04

In an effort to help children and youth develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the arts, the organization: 
  1. arranges for children and youth to view performances or exhibits related to the program’s area of focus; and
  2. provides opportunities for children and youth to reflect on the experience and discuss their impressions.


Organizations that are unable to facilitate visits to other venues can still provide opportunities for children to experience and think critically about art, for example, by discussing a recorded concert or paintings in a book.
Examples: Children and youth may experience the arts through activities such as visiting a museum, attending a musical or cultural performance, or meeting with a local artist.


CA-OST 10.05

Children and youth have opportunities to learn about careers and options for higher education related to the arts.