NCASE Resource Library
This framework and guidebook can help people assess afterschool systems, programs, and youth outcomes in the interest of informing system improvements with up-to-date accurate information. Every Hour Counts used the framework to evaluate Boston, Providence, and Sprockets in St. Paul and findings from this experience informed this version.
This report describes the state of afterschool coordination in a set of 75 large U.S. cities seven years after they were first surveyed in 2013. It focuses on three components: a designated coordinating entity, a common data system, and a framework or set of standards for program quality.
This journal article documents one OST director’s journey through the process of becoming credentialed. It explores fears and challenges and what she—and her program participants, families, and staff—ultimately gained from the process. This story can bring a personal experience to life for state system planners creating or supporting a school-age credential.
This article explores the challenges and potential of school-afterschool partnerships. Based on interviews with school administrators, afterschool leaders, and front-line staff in three schools, the findings reveal both disconnections and opportunities for fuller communication and collaboration.
This classic report clarifies the cost of quality out-of-school time programs, based on data from 111 quality programs in six cities. It provides the mean and range for hourly and daily cost per slot, with an analysis of factors that bring differences to cost.
This issue brief describes three distinct models for effective afterschool system governance. The models emerged out of a literature review and interviews with leaders from 15 cities.
This journal article describes how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can be used as an effective means for staff development with out-of-school time (OST) providers. Based on a research project involving six experienced facilitators, it offers a framework, potential formats, and tips on how to structure PLCs to meet the needs of OST staff and programs.
This website offers afterschool nonprofits a range of tools, articles, reports, and resources to develop financial skills. It includes articles, webinars, videos, and self-assessment resources on planning, operations, monitoring, and governance.
This report is a summary from a national afterschool conference. It provides details from mayors, program providers, system leaders, and researchers on a range of system building issues including quality improvement and measurement of afterschool performance.
This guide describes how cities and intermediaries can work with afterschool providers across a neighborhood, city, or region to build quality. It explores how to identify a lead organization, engage stakeholders, use a continuous improvement model, and manage data systems. It includes case studies from Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Florida.