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This brief outlines the state of rural afterschool resources. Currently, only 13 percent of rural children participate in afterschool programs compared with 25 percent of urban children; these discrepancies are due to barriers including diverse funding sources, transportation, facilities, staffing, and programming supports.
This issue brief reviews the benefits of a coordinated systems approach between afterschool and workforce. It provides examples of city afterschool models that provide opportunities for career exploration and building skills in effective communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving.
This issue brief identifies the practices associated with program quality in both formal and informal summer learning programs. It includes basic tips on summer reading and links to related research.
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 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.