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This updated issue brief provides a summary of key evaluations on the impact of after school programs. It focuses on academic outcomes, school attendance, student behavior, and parental concerns about student safety.
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.
Family child care (FCC) plays an important role in meeting the needs of families with school-age children. This tool offers a framework for assessing local, regional, and state policies and practices to ensure they support access to high-quality FCC options.
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.