Out-of-School Time Learning

Why is learning beyond the school day so important?

The Minnesota Department of Education recognizes that well-designed, high-quality programs offered to students beyond the school day and outside of the regular school year are prime opportunities for supporting the whole child. This approach prepares students to be career- and college-ready by ensuring that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Research shows that young people who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged are better learners. By working together, Minnesota schools, communities and families can equip students to lead the state’s workforce. Out-of-school programs can help provide safe, stable and nurturing learning environments that provide additional opportunities for student growth.

Continuing education units (CEU) for online trainings are available for Out-of-School Time Learning!

You can earn CEUs by participating in free online training at You 4 Youth (Y4U). This website was created to build a community of caring and competent out-of-school time professionals who nurture, motivate, and engage children and youth in after school and summer programs. The online professional learning community help you train your staff and colleagues about best practices to create positive experiences for the students in your programs and help them achieve their dreams. 

  • The Train Your Staff option provides access to training materials and tools to help you plan and implement professional approximately one hour learning experiences for staff. Training materials can be customized to fit your program’s needs and goals. Upon completion of a training, submit a Request for You 4 Youth Teacher Continuing Education CEU form and CEU certificates will be mailed to your organization.
  • The Courses option provides learning strategies for strengthening your program by providing you individual interactive courses on a variety of topics. Each course includes an introduction to the topic, implementation strategies, information about coaching staff members, and tools to support you. Upon completion of a course, submit a copy of your certificate of completion to Minnesota Department of Education to receive a CEU certificate.
Y4Y is an initiative funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.