The New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (NMOST) is a 501(c)3 non-profit collaboration of public and private organizations and community members seeking to improve access to and quality of out-of-school extended learning programs - before and afterschool, summer learning, and youth development.

NMOST brings together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers, and other stakeholders interested in ensuring positive youth development opportunities and outcomes through out-of-school time programs. 

To ensure a viable and sustained network structure in the state, NMOST has a board of directors with diverse members from across the state whose role it is to guide the implementation of a statewide, strategic plan focused on out-of-school time program quality, public awareness of the benefits of a quality out-of-school time experience, advocacy and policy development, professional development, linked learning strategies, and partnership development to increase the network base.


Mission & Vision

Our Mission
To cultivate enriching experiences for children and youth beyond the school day.
Our Vision
All children and youth in New Mexico have access to high quality out-of-school time opportunities regardless of zip code and income.


Professional Developement

The annual Fall into Place Conference has brought together hundreds of OST staff and advocates to learn, network, and expand equitable learning opportunities for New Mexico youth. In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the conference transitioned to a virtual platform and expanded the impact and reach.

Advancing Young Women in STEM

Since 2018, NMOST has awarded 57 scholarships totalling $42,500 to young women pursuing or committed to pursuing a STEM degree and/or STEM career helping to close the gender gap and fill the pipeline for the next generation of high-paying careers.

Health and Wellbeing

Through its hunger prevention initiatives and partnerships with statewide organizations, NMOST has expanded food access through OST programs by increasing the number of sites participating in the Child and Adult Food Care program (CACFP)


By utilizing data and mapping to strategically plan, advocate, and create transformational change for youth from all backgrounds in New Mexico, NMOST has changed the perception of OST, leading to increased funding for and access to afterschool and summer programs.


NMOST has engaged OST providers, 21st CCLC centers, community schools, LEAs and partners through newsletters, our website, listening sessions and events leading to quality OST programming, increased connection and sharing best practices and lessons learned.

Expanding Capacity

NMOST created the first OST Leadership Institute in New Mexico Institute to provide high-quality professional development for emerging OST leaders working in underserved and vulnerable New Mexico communities.