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.


Quality Standards for Expanded Learning
Phase One

Developed by the California Department of Education’s Afterschool Division in partnership with the California AfterSchool Network’s Quality Committee, the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning are a set of clearly defined standards for improving program quality in California. The attached document identifies twelve principle quality standards recommended for expanded learning programs as well as suggested uses for the quality standards.

To access the document with detailed information on the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning, see the attached document.


Campaign for Quality

The Quality Self Assessment Tool and Rubric are among a few of the great resources available to help programs self-assess and make plans for program improvement.  These tool focuses on big picture program design elements, as well as important considerations at the point of service. Check out these great resources including videos, webinars, Promising Practices and a User’s Guide.

Click here to access these great resources!


New Report and Webinar Outlines Strategies for Effective District/Expanded Learning Program Partnerships

The Partnership for Children & Youth recently released Time Well Spent: School district strategies to help students get the most from expanded learning time.  The report examines diverse partnership models, documents successful mutually beneficial partnership strategies, highlights common successes and challenges, and provides tips for effective practice. 

Access the Time Well Spent report


Applying the Science of Learning
Free Resource by Edutopia

By understanding how the brain works, educators can become better equipped to help students with everything from focusing attention to increasing retention. And with research in neurology, psychology, and technology growing, there is a whole world of new information just waiting to be applied to the classroom.

Edutopia’s latest classroom resource guide on brain-based learning helps you do just that. Every tip included in the guide is backed by years of research. 


A Blueprint For Great Schools
Transition Advisory Team report submitted to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on August 9, 2011.

Recognizing that California must plan for the future, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson brought together 59 leaders from across California—teachers, parents, community, labor and business leaders—to share their thinking about education in the state. The resulting report, A Blueprint for Great Schools, provides vision and direction for our education system, including a focus on 21st Century learning, meeting the needs of the whole child, and rebuilding the ranks of California’s teachers with resources and respect.


California After School Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool

The new and improved, second version of the California Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA) and User’s Guide have recently been finalized with extensive input from the California after school field.  Programs can use the tool to self-assess their program and make plans for program improvement.  The tool focuses on big picture program design elements, as well as important considerations at the point of service.  


National After School Matters Practitioner Fellowship Opportunity

Individuals working part-time or full-time at an afterschool program or community-based youth program in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay area or in Minneapolis are eligible to apply for the National After School Matters Practitioner Fellowship.The Practitioner Fellowship Program is a professional development and leadership initiative for mid-level career professionals. Participants in the Practitioner Fellowship are selected by application. Participants will engage in activities that inform program quality and improve practice through a year long process of reflection and inquiry.