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.


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. 


California After School Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool
Released in 2009

This version of the California Afterschool Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (QSA) and User’s Guide was released in 2009.  Programs can use this tool to self-assess their program and make plans for program improvement.  The tool focuses on big-picture program design elements and important considerations at the point of service.  

Please note that an updated version called the Quality Assessment Tool (QAT) will be released soon. See the post below for details. 


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.


Implementing High-Quality Youth Programs

Child Trends recently released three research briefs that present research findings and effective strategies to implement high-quality out-of-school time programs.  The titles of the three briefs are How Program Administrators Can Support Out-Of-School Time Staff, Building Systems-Level Partnerships, and Data-Driven Decision Making in Out-Of-School Time Programs. These briefs complete a six-part series on the drivers for implementing evidence-based practices in out-of-school time programs.