Michigan 21st CCLC: The TACSS Initiative
The Weikart Center began working with the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan 21stCCLC grantees prior to 2003. For the last several years the Weikart Center has provided workshops in program self-assessment and in youth work methods. In 2009, the Technical Assistance and Coaching Supports Services (TACSS) project began, and deepens and builds on this partnership.
TACSS is a multi-year project to strengthen the statewide 21st CCLC network. It is aimed at building a culture and infrastructure for continuous quality improvement in Michigan's 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The project is built on solid foundations of science, experience, and the conviction that high quality programs can make a big difference for kids. In a nutshell, this project provides tools and support for deliberate improvement of program quality.
TACSS is organized around the four boxes pictured above, the "COPA" model of making data useful. In the first two boxes, TACSS helps you collect internal and external data and put into a useful format. Improvement planning in the 3rd box involves setting goals based on data, and in the 4th box this plan is turned into action-action aimed at improving the experiences of youth.
How does TACSS Work?
TACCSS involves the following components:
- Routine Quality Supports: The Weikart Center will continue to offer workshops in program quality data management across the state. Self-assessment is required, and numerous other workshops and services are free and available.
- Comprehensive Quality Supports: MDE and the Weikart Center will identify grantees to receive a comprehensive set of services aimed at supporting every level of administering your grant; from administrative requirements down to the experiences of youth in the program.
- Regional TA Coaches: A key feature of TACSS is the provision of regional coaches to support 21st CCLCs across the state. These coaches will be your liaison to both Program Quality Supports and Enhanced Supports. The coaches provide flexible services and work hard to connect grantees to resources.