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This special report focuses on the potential of afterschool and summer programs to support families living in communities of concentrated poverty. It outlines both benefits of Out-of-School (OST) programs and barriers to enrollment for families from resource-poor backgrounds. It offers recommendations to system builders and providers.
This research brief shares findings from summer learning projects in five cities or regions. The randomized control trial found that children who had high attendance for two consecutive summers had better outcomes in math, English language arts, and social-emotional competence. The brief also provides five related promising practice tips for program leaders.
This report provides a portrait of the early childhood workforce compared to 25 years ago, and examines economic insecurity and use of public benefits among this predominantly female, ethnically diverse workforce. Although not addressed specifically in this report, workforce conditions are similarly an important issue for the school-age/Out-of-School Time (OST) field.
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 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.
This report focuses on the four components of system building that the most current evidence and experience suggest are essential: strong leadership, coordination, effective use of data, and a comprehensive approach to quality.
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.