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These updated standards of best practice for afterschool/out-of-school (OST) time programs were developed by the Council on Accreditation in consultation with leading organizations in the field. They reflect the latest thinking in key practices that are critical for the healthy developmental growth of children and youth through participation in OST programs.
The Path to Quality resource portal provides state system planners with step-by-step guidance and resources to develop quality afterschool systems including information on: (1) designing quality standards, (2) resources and tools aligned to quality standards, and (3) staff supports.
The QRIS Resource Guide is a tool for states and communities to explore key issues and decision points in creating or revising Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). There are tabs on components like initial design and implementation, standards, quality assurance and monitoring, and provider incentives and support.
This blueprint identifies promising quality improvement practices emerging from empirical research and from national experts. It can be used as a worksheet by Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) developers to develop goals, leadership, technical assistance systems and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach. It is equally helpful for school-age system developers.
This report explores existing research on the characteristics of quality that improve child outcomes and what has been learned about QRIS from evaluation studies of QRIS in California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.