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This issue brief highlights the important role of afterschool and summer programs in developing the skills youth need to be successful in today’s workforce, in particular, their role in enhancing competencies that employers often say are missing such as skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, and technology.
This guide compares purpose, structure, content, and technical properties of assessment tools for out-of-school time programs.
This issue brief highlights the challenges English language learners (ELLs) face in developing literacy proficiency and articulates how afterschool programs can play a central role in providing the supports to help ELL students thrive in school, work, and life.
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 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 provides basic information about sustance misuse and numerous links to resources on related topics. This is important information for providers to know in case there is a substance use problem among children or families served, and in case any staff may be using substances.
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 report summarizes 2014 survey results and provides a quick picture of supply and demand in afterschool. It indicates that the numbers of children being served in afterschool have increased to 10.2 million. It also indicates that the numbers of children that would enroll if a program were available is increasing to 19.4 million.
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 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.