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You for Youth (Y4Y) is a virtual hub for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers. This website offers free professional development courses, tips on training staff, resources and tools for designing high-quality programs, and answers to questions.
This issue brief explores youth engagement in out-of-school time through a review of studies on out-of-school time attendance and participation by middle and high school students. It identifies promising practices for cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional engagement that are essential for achieving positive outcomes. It includes program-level examples from four states.
This issue brief identifies four important things to know about the transition to school, and it also mentions the transition that children and families experience to out-of-school programs: (1) transition is a matter of equity; (2) a smooth transition to school makes a difference for children's outcomes; (3) families play an important role in the transition to school; and (4) it's all about re
This collection of resources focuses on helping state administrators and program practitioners design and implement high-quality Out-of-School (OST) programs that support all students, including those with disabilities and special needs.
This issue brief summarizes developments in the field including a growing research base, an increased understanding of high quality practice, and system-level efforts to improve quality. It provides recommendations for advancing the field on research and practice.
This report explores why libraries are well positioned to be allies in increasing family engagement. The strategies shared come from a review of the literature, a survey of library directors, and a learning community of librarians.
This issue brief provides a summary of the increasingly robust research base on key characteristics of high quality programs and the resulting child outcomes. It also refers to the many valid and reliable measures that exist to examine program effectiveness, including the California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project.
This article outlines the dual importance of building the capacity of educators and of families who have successful family engagement. There are links to other valuable resources.