Quality in Afterschool and Summer Programs

The Quality Imperative: A State Guide to Achieving the Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities.Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, 2009. This report outlines the characteristics of a high-quality OST programming and the role state leaders can play in implementing program quality standards.

The Quality of School-Age Child Care in After-School Settings.Harvard Family Research Project, 2007. This brief summarizes extant research on the importance of quality in OST programming as well as a review of quality assessment tools currently in use.
Supporting Success: Why and How to Improve Quality in After-School Programs.Public-Private Ventures and The James Irvine Foundation, 2008. This collaborative study outlines some of the initiatives to improve OST program quality in California. A great piece outlining some specific approaches to improving quality.
A View from the Field: Helping Community Organizations Meet Capacity Challenges.After-School Corporation, 2008. This white paper commissioned by the Wallace Foundation outlines the challenges facing community-based organizations that provide OST programming. The report is an overview of some of the hurdles preventing community-based organizations from providing high-quality OST programs and strategies for overcoming them.
A New Day for Youth: Creating Sustainable Quality in Out-of-School Time.Noam, Gil G., Harvard University, 2008. This paper examines issues surrounding quality in OST programs and attempts to address the question: “What do nonprofit OST organizations need to make and sustain necessary improvements to provide high-quality programs?”