The Cost of Quality Out-of-School Time Programs

This report clarifies the cost of quality out-of-school time programs, based on data from 111 quality programs in six cities. It provides the mean and range for hourly and daily cost per slot, with an analysis of factors that bring differences to cost. The full report can be found at: https://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/pages/the-cost-of-quality-of-out-of-school-time-programs.aspx.

A National Portrait of the Health and Education of Hispanic Boys and Young Men

This report provides a national portrait on the well-being of Latino boys and young men compared to their White and Black peers from early childhood through young adulthood on two dimensions: health and education. Data explores strengths as well as disparities on issues like obesity, physical activity, smoking and drinking, proficiency in reading, math, and science, and adult rates of employment. These data can guide afterschool programs in understanding which developmental tasks might be important to focus on. 

Relationships First: Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive

This report highlights the importance of healthy, supportive relationships to positive youth outcomes. It articulates the Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework and includes sections on why developmental relationships matter; how developmental relationships grow; activating relationships in organizations; 55 ideas for deepening one-on-one relationships (for parents, teachers, and youth workers); and imagining strong and flexible webs of relationships. This resource supports resilience.

Access to Early Care and Education for Disadvantaged Families: Do Levels of Access Reflect State's Child Care Subsidy Policies?

This national study explores how low-income children's access to early childhood education might differ from their higher-income peers and how child care subsidy policies can close the gap. The study assigned states to one of five profiles based on a package of subsidy policies to produce findings about which packages provide equity in access to high quality programs. 

Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education

This report is the result of the work of a committee of experts who outlined a framework for a financing strategy for reliable, accessible, high quality early care and education, including supports for a qualified and well-compensated workforce. This free version is the pre-publication copy; it looks at the landscape and current financing structure at the state and national level and creates recommendations for a four-phase implementation plan for transforming financing.

Quality-Outcomes Study for Seattle Public Schools Summer Programs, 2016 Program Cycle

This quality outcomes study of a summer program in Seattle Public Schools provides evaluative evidence for an instructional model that showed positive change in academic performance and high quality instructional practices.

The Intersection of Afterschool and Competency­-Based Learning: Emerging Trends, Policy, Considerations, and Questions for the Future

This white paper explores three trends for implementing competency-based learning in afterschool programs as a strategy for helping students become college and career ready. It highlights six programs in different states that are working to define competencies, and offer badges and course credit as a means of translating and validating those key skills for college and future employers.

The Value of Out-of-School Time Programs

This report reviews rigorous large-scale evaluations and meta-analyses to understand the value and effectiveness of out-of-school programs through lenses of content, dosage, and outcomes. It includes recommendations for policy, practice, and funding based on the findings. It also has a separate appendix that summarizes results of primary and secondary outcomes from research.

Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families, A BUILD E-Book. Chapter 8: Impact of the Early Learning Challenge on State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)

This chapter summarizes the trends in QRIS re-visioning among the 20 states that received Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (ELC) grants. The trends include a move toward promoting school readiness, continuous quality improvement, family engagement, and a focus on teaching and learning. 

Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings: Impact Findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention Study

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.