The KYOSA Data Explorer is a free data mapping tool that supports individuals, organizations, and agencies interested in learning more about out-of-school time access in Kentucky. The tool was created by the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance and PolicyMap, with support from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Charles S. Mott Foundation. It provides a wealth of information that policymakers, funders, school administrators, providers, families, and others involved in OST can use to answer important questions, such as:
- Does my area have an adequate supply of programs?
- What types of programming and services do programs in my area provide?
- Are disadvantaged populations able to access these programs?
- Where should we target investments to expand access to underserved communities and populations?
The tool combines statewide datasets collected by the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (KYOSA) on OST programs in Kentucky with a variety of community-level data related to community assets, demographics, incomes and spending, quality of life, the economy, education, housing, and health—all which can be mapped at multiple geographies (i.e. legislative districts, counties, school districts, zip codes, census tracts, etc.).
Learn to Use the KYOSA Data Explorer
Watch this quick video for an overview of how to use this interactive data mapping tool.
Sources of Data
Community-level data were provided by PolicyMap, while program-level data were sourced from the following organizations and agencies:
Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)
Kentucky Division of Regulated Child Care (includes all YMCA school-age child care sites)
Kentucky Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs
Save the Children Federation, Inc.
I don’t see my program. Why not?
Well, there are two reasons for this.
To identify programs, KYOSA uses statewide lists provided by the organizations and agencies above, then filters these lists to include only those programs and program sites that provide OST programming (i.e. before school, after school, summer, etc.) to at least some school-age children and youth. After each list has been filtered, KYOSA combines each list into a final master dataset—“Kentucky OST Supply”—removing any duplicates due to overlap if necessary.
Therefore, if your program is an OST program affiliated with one of the organizations and agencies above, but is not included in the KYOSA Data Explorer, then the reason for this is likely a mistake in the original datasets provided by these partnering organizations and agencies. To address this issue, KYOSA recommends contacting the particular organization/agency your program is affiliated with to first verify that your program is correctly listed with them so that this issue will be corrected automatically when we make future updates. You can also let us know by emailing [insert email address].
Special Note for Licensed Providers: Each qualifying program site must be listed as serving school-age children in the Kentucky Division of Child Care’s statewide provider database, because we filter their complete list of providers by age group(s) served to come up when coming up with our list of only school-age providers.
For this first release, KYOSA was only able to include OST programs and program sites that could be identified through statewide lists. This is because the process involved with identifying unlicensed and/or independently operated programs is difficult and takes place over a much longer time period. However, to address this issue and make the tool reflect Kentucky’s true OST landscape as accurately as possible, KYOSA has created an online form where programs not affiliated with these larger organizations and agencies can add share their information, which can then be added to the tool when periodic updates are made. To add your program, click the link below in the “Add Your Program” section, and complete the form separately for each program site.
Add Your Program
Don’t see your program on the map? Just click the button below to share with us information about your program. If your program operates multiple sites, you will need to complete the form separately for each program site. Once completed, someone from KYOSA will then contact you to verify the information provided.
Note: Because the OST landscape is highly diverse and fragmented, Kentucky does not yet have a statewide quality assessment and rating system that can be applied across all program providers. As a result, KYOSA does not specifically endorse any of the programs listed on this tool.