Maryland Out of School Time

Healthy Out of School Time Framework


MOST partners with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) to encourage out of school time programs to utilize the FREE Healthy Out of School Time (HOST) framework to assess their programs and implement strategies to build healthy behaviors into every day.


The HOST framework encompasses the National Afterschool Association’s healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) evidenced-based standards for out of school time programs, incorporating best practices of programs, policies and practices that positively impact healthy eating and physical activity behaviors among youth and staff. This framework is designed to be seamlessly integrated into the great work already occurring at afterschool sites, providing a tool, rather than additional work to already busy schedules.



Implementation: The Six-Step Process


The Healthy Out of School Time (HOST) framework is implemented through a six-step process (pictured below), a continuous quality improvement process focused on the findings from an annual site assessment (step 2), and guided by an action plan created in step 3.


This six-step process allows each site to examine their environment and practices, work on making improvements and build on and celebrate their successes. Repeating this cycle annually allows each site to expand upon and sustain efforts around healthier eating and physical activity.






The Alliance website provides a plethora of resources for each step of the process, available with your free login. Additional resources are available through their YouTube channel and New & Notable blog.



How does your site get involved?


  1. Create your personal account (it's FREE!)

    1. Go to
    2. Click "Register or Login"
    3. Click "No-I'm a new member" and "Create My Account"
    4. Fill out your information and click "Submit"
    5. A link will be sent to your e-mail address to confirm; click on that link and ta-dah! you have created your personal account.
  2. Add your site to the HOST website

    1. Go to
    2. Click "Register or Login"
    3. Enter your information for your personal login (from the steps above) and click "Login"
    4. At the top right-hand corner, click "Find your site"
    5. Enter in simple search terms for your site (e.g. only the state and one word from your organization) to ensure the most results populate
      1. If your site is already on the HOST site, click "Join this Site," and an invitiation will be sent to the individual that created your site.
      2. If your site is not on the HOST site:
        1. Click the "sumbit your site's information" link in the paragraph underneath the search bar, enter your site's information, and click "Submit"
        2. An e-mail will be sent to you in a few days noting that your site has been added. It will prompt you to "find" and "join" your site as mentioned above.



Successes – “It changed my life.”


In working as an intermediary for the Alliance across Maryland, MOST has learned of some great successes through the implementation of the HOST framework, due in part to our partnerships with and trainings provided by the University of Maryland Extension Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) program and Action for Healthy Kids.


These trainings have positively affected individuals in their personal and professional lives, encouraging youth within their programs, as well as their family, to eat smarter and healthier. Some were even surprised when youth would eat “[those] little brown bagels.”


Read more about the Y of Central Maryland Anne Arundel County Site Directors’ success stories here.



Questions? Concerns?


Please feel free to contact Hope LaHayne, MOST’s Healthy Behaviors Assistant VISTA.


The Alliance’s customer support center at 888-KID-HLTH (888-543-4584) is also a great resource.