Afterschool Quality: Moving from Research to Practice

Sustained participation in out-of-school-time programs benefits children and youth in myriad ways. However, it is critically important that these programs be of high quality. This guide from Public Profit makes the case for program quality, and provides program leaders with practical guidance on building the organizational infrastructure that makes quality possible. Key practices described in this guide include building a culture of feedback, using a common observational tool, and creating systems to use the data that is collected. For each practice that the authors identify, they provide illustrative examples from the field.

School-Community Partnerships for Students During COVID-19

If 2020 taught us anything, it is that creativity and collaboration will be key to any successful effort. This is particularly true when it comes to supporting Washington’s children and youth. To that end, a host of public agencies and community-based organizations came together to create a framework for school-community partnerships for students.   This document provides tips, tricks, new and best practices for partnerships between schools/school districts and child care, early learning, expanded learning and youth development, health (mental and physical) and student programs supporting basic needs. It also links to several other sources to help support kids furthest from opportunity.