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Ten Essential Elements of a Quality Afterschool Program

Culture

Safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for all participants.

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide (ELCRG) – Program Environment and Safety
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Keys to Quality Afterschool: Environments, Relationships, and Experiences
By Laurie Ollhoff and Jim Ollhoff with additional narrative by Roberta Newman

IMAGINE – Afterschool Spaces that Work
By Mav Pardee with support from New Jersey School Age Care Coalition

Develops, nurtures, and maintains positive relationships and interactions among staff, participants, parents and communities to support the program’s goals.

Establish a strong partnership with families and communities in order to achieve program goals.

More Than Just Another “To-Do” on the list: The Benefits of Strong School, Principal, and Afterschool/Community Relationships
Gail Connelly, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals
Paul Young, Former Executive Director, National Afterschool Association and Adjunct Professor at Ohio University

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Family Involvement
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

MetLife Foundation Afterschool Alert: Supporting Family Involvement in Schools
By Afterschool Alliance

The After-School Corporation: Increasing Family and Parent Engagement in After-School
By The After-School Corporation (TASC)

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
By The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

You for Youth: Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21s CCLCs
Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21s CCLCs

Programming

Provides a well-rounded variety of activities and opportunities that support the physical, social and cognitive growth and development of all participants.

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Program Assessment and Design
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Nutrition and Physical Activity
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Summer Programming
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Promoting Diversity, Access, Equity, and Inclusion
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Afterschool Programs: Helping Kids Succeed in Rural America
By Afterschool Alliance

Strategies for Improving Out-of-School Programs in Rural Communities
By Child Trends Research to Results Brief

Promising Practices in Rural Communities
By Afterschool Alliance

Supporting Literacy in Out-of-School Time: Summary of Evidence
Prepared by Research for Action

Extending and Enhancing Literacy Learning in Afterschool Programs: A Practice Guide
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The Achieve, Connect, Thrive Framework: A practical approach for teen-serving organizations to focus on building skills for success
By Louise Harland, Deputy Director, Boston After School & Beyond

Frontiers in Urban Science Exploration Resource Guide: Strategies to advance informal science education in afterschool
By The Collaborative for Building After-School Systems

Science After School: How to Design and Run Great Program Activities – A guidebook for program leaders
The After-School Corporation

How to Schedule Expanded Learning: Three Cities, Three Ways
By The After-School Corporation and The Collaborative for Building After-School Systems

Staff works closely with school staff to ensure that after-school academic components and activities are aligned with and enrich school standards and curriculum.

Aligning Afterschool with the Regular School Day: The Perfect Complement
By the Afterschool Alliance

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Alignment and Linkage to School Day
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
By The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

You for Youth
Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21s CCLCs

Provides opportunities for participants to participate in planning, to exercise choice, and to engage in a rich variety of offerings and opportunities.

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Youth Development
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Getting It Right: Strategies for Afterschool Success
By Rebecca Raley, Jean Grossman, and Karen Walker of Public/Private Ventures

Afterschool Programs: Inspiring Students with a Connected Learning Approach
By Afterschool Alliance

City Strategies to Engage Older Youth in Afterschool Programs
By National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
By The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

Afterschool Matters – Teen Engagement in Developing Program Best Practices
By After School Matters Youth Advisory Council

Infrastructure

A coherent vision/mission and a plan for increasing capacity that supplies continuing growth.

Well-developed infrastructure and sound fiscal management to support and enhance worthwhile programming and activities for all participants.

Getting It Right: Strategies for Afterschool Success
By Rebecca Raley, Jean Grossman, and Karen Walker of Public/Private Ventures

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Program Administration and Finance
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

SEDL A Practitioner’s Guide – Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs
By Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)

National Center of Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing – Making Afterschool Programs Better
By National Center of Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)

Recruits, hires and trains diverse staff members who value each participant, understand their developmental needs, and work closely with families, school partners and co-workers to achieve the program goals.

Afterschool Professional Development: Resources, Outcomes and Considerations.
By New York State Afterschool Network

SEDL A Practitioner’s Guide – Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs
By Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Staff Recruitment and Professional Development
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Core Competencies for Afterschool Educators
Funded by C.S. Mott Foundation

You for Youth
Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21s CCLCs

Evaluation

A system for measuring outcomes.

AfterZone: Outcomes for Youth Participating in Providence’s Citywide After-School System
By Tina J. Kauh, Public/Private Ventures, The Wallace Foundation

Taking a Deeper Dive into Afterschool: Positive Outcomes and Promising Practices
By Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool Youth Outcomes Inventory
Partnership for After School Education

Afterschool Evaluation 101: How to Evaluate an Expanded Learning Program
By Erin Harris, Harvard Family Research Project

Afterschool Impacts Database
By Afterschool Alliance