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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 guide compares purpose, structure, content, and technical properties of assessment tools for out-of-school time programs.
This resource provides a review of tools that programs can use to measure youth outcomes. The outcomes selected include communication, relationships and collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making, initiative, and self-direction. The review includes cost and evidence of reliability and validity.
This executive summary reports on a three-year study of Youth Program Quality Improvement in 87 sites in four states that included quality assessment, improvement plans, coaching by managers, and staff training. The approach led to higher quality instructions across programs even where there was manager turnover, low staff education, and varying adult-youth ratios.
This website is focused on how to build sustainable systems that raise quality, alignment, and efficiency within the early childhood field. It provides theory (e.g., frameworks and research-based models) along with guidance on how to translate theory into action (e.g., state examples and resources).
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.