Youth Programs


The City of Charlotte aims to improve neighborhood quality of life through a community engagement strategy that ensures children are safe, succeeding in school, and supported by their community. To help achieve this goal, the Out of School Time program provides funding to organizations that deliver quality out-of-school services to children and youth in high-need families.  Through a competitive proposal process, funds are awarded for 2-years to eligible out of school time providers. 

Request for Proposal:

The FY20-21 out of school time providers have already been selected. The City of Charlotte will publish its next Request For Proposal in the fall of 2020. This is an opportunity to apply for funding of up to $200,000 per organization.

Organization Qualifications for Funding

The Organization shall have the following minimum qualifications to participate in the Proposal process:

  • Be one of the following organization types:
    • Local Education Agency (LEA);
    • Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization; or
    • Faith Based Organization
  • Have a history of providing continuous similar out of school time services for a minimum of three (3) years, with at least one (1) of those years being in Charlotte, North Carolina;
  • Be licensed and registered to do business in North Carolina;
  • Have the ability to serve a minimum of fifty (50) Students for either a school-year or year-round program, though Organizations are not required to request funding for all Students;
  • Administer a school-year or year-round out of school time program. Funded Organizations are required to run a program in which each youth served is required to attend five (5) days per week, at a minimum of three (3) hours per day on each day that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is in operation with or without a summer program in which each youth served is required to attend five (5) days per week, at a minimum of six (6) hours per day for at least six (6) weeks during the CMS summer break. Programs that provide summer-only services are ineligible;
  • Maintain a maximum ratio of one (1) adult to twenty (20) Students;
  • Provide City-funded Services to Students at no or nominal cost. Organizations may choose to charge fees for those Services not funded by the City; and
  • Have the following educational qualification for its staff:
    • Program Director will have a minimum of relevant two-year degree, and at least one (1) year supervisory experience providing services to pre-K, elementary, middle school, or high school youth;
    • Lead teachers must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, have a high school diploma, and have a North Carolina early childhood administration credential, at a minimum;
    • Lead teachers must have or be enrolled in three (3) semester hours in early childhood education and/or child development;
    • One staff member who is knowledgeable of and able to recognize symptoms of illness; and
    • Staff members who have completed a basic first aid course must be present at all times when children are present. First aid training shall be renewed on or before the expiration date of the certification or every three (3) years, whichever occurs first.

FY20 - FY21 Out of School Time Grantees:

The Bethlehem Center of Charlotte

Charlotte Community Services Association

Greater Enrichment Program

WINGS for Kids

YWCA Central Carolinas 


The OST Locator

If you are in search of Out of School Time programming for youth, please visit to find the right program for you.

For more information contact:

Tiffany Johnson

Out of School Time Specialist