Increasing Quality


Increasing Program Quality

CAN is a catalyst for quality, building capacity by promoting a shared vision of program quality and advancing a culture of Continuous Improvement throughout the Expanded Learning ecosystem.

CAN’s focus on quality includes network and collaboration building, disseminating promising practices and providing virtual and in-person professional learning opportunities, forums and convenings to build the capacity of the field with the end result having high-quality programs for all.


The Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California

The Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California were identified to create a framework of clear expectations, and a shared vision of both programmatic and point of service quality among multiple stakeholders. The purpose of the Quality Standards is to describe high levels of “Quality” of a program at the programmatic, staff, and participant levels.


Continuous Quality Improvement

CAN is committed to supporting programs to achieve high-quality outcomes by providing resources, training and professional development on how to engage in a rigorous and intentional, data-driven and multi-stakeholder-led continuous quality improvement process.


The Quality Self Assessment Tool

The California Expanded Learning Quality Self Assessment Tool is meant to spark meaningful conversations about increased program quality at both the site and organizational levels. The Quality Self Assessment Tool aligns with the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning, supports Continuous Quality Improvement and builds on youth development practices by incorporating elements of Social Emotional Learning and 21st Century skills using a lens of equity.


Quality Resources

If you are looking for resources to strengthen and deepen your understanding of high-quality programming, access the resources page for promising practices, resource libraries, data and research ideas.