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The 17th annual Off To A Great Start (OTAGS) Conference presents:

Growing Together | Learning Together
August 7-8, 2019

OTAGS provides affordable and high-quality professional development to after school and out-of-school (OST) providers. Strengthen skills, gain curriculum content ideas, enhance your knowledge and expand your professional network at this two-day conference aimed at increasing the quality and impact of your after school programs.

*Ohio Approved credit available for approved sessions.

For questions regarding this conference, please contact Andrea Summers, OTAGS Program Coordinator.

Click the button below to register!


Event Details

August 7-8, 2019
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Ohio Dominican University Griffin Student Center
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219

Cost: $140
Single day: $85.00

Scholarships are available for Franklin County providers. Please email Andrea Summers for more information.

(Walk-ins welcome with credit card payment.)


Who should attend?

The conference is for all after-school staff and out-of-school time staff and providers including administrators, site directors, teachers, volunteers, community program partners and social service agencies.

Any staff who apply (or would benefit from instruction around) skill and theory development for serving K-12 students in after school and out-of-school time programs are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Attendees can earn Ohio Approval with OCCRRA Pin. ODJFS and ODE Contact Hours also available.

Content Areas & Breakout Sessions

OTAGS is committed to providing quality professional development opportunities that will expand knowledge and enhance skillsets while offering tangible curriculum content for program application in the following areas:

Social-Emotional Learning
Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Awareness, Anger & Anxiety, Sensory Learning, Mixed Age Classrooms, Behavior & Self Regulation, Gender, Bias & Cultural Competence, Trauma-Informed Practices

Curriculum & Content Development
Project Based Learning, Gardening & Nature Exploration, Experiential Learning & Innovative Field Trips, Workforce Development, STEM, Coding

Administration & Leadership
Effective Leadership, Self-Care, Evaluation for Staff & Program, Access to Funding, Grant Writing, Data Use to Tell Your Story, Developing Effective Program Plans

About After School Counts OTAGS Conference

After School Counts is the proud provider of the Off to a Great Start (OTAGS) Conference and is a program of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

The two-day professional development conference is an opportunity for after school and out-of-school (OST) providers to gain skills and theoretical knowledge for increasing the quality and impact of their after school programs. Most importantly, the After School Counts OTAGS conference recognizes the importance of after school and OST professionals and the impact these people and programs have on the lives of children and families.

OTAGS Committee Members

The OTAGS Conference is driven by the guidance and insight of after school and OST providers and administrators in Central Ohio. The 10-person committee represents the following organizations and programs.

Action for Children
After School All Stars Ohio
Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH)
Delaware City Schools | School Age Child Care
Future Ready Columbus
Vineyard Columbus

YMCA of Central Ohio