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Family Engagement and Middle Grades Transitions: The Role of Afterschool Programs (Presentation at the Youth-Nex Conference, Charlottesville, VA) At the 2012 Youth-Nex conference at the University of Virginia, Dr. Charles Smith had the opportunity to show the important role that afterschool programs can play in engaging families to support middle school transitions. 10/18/2012
Program Quality News: October 9, 2012 The October edition of Program Quality News. 10/9/2012
Afterschool Quality and Outcomes: How Quality Improvement Systems Can Matter for Children and Youth (Presentation at Bridge Conference, Seattle, Washington) This session provides a multi-level perspective on quality improvement systems (QIS) for afterschool settings. 10/8/2012
Making Quality a Full-Time Job How one of the country's largest YMCAs is expanding efforts to improve services to kids. 7/31/2012
Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #17: The Common Core Standards: What do they Mean for Out-of-School Time? The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools. 7/31/2012
2012 Nashville After Zone Alliance Quality Improvement Intervention Report This report summarizes key findings from the NAZA quality improvement intervention in the Northeast and South Central Zones 7/31/2012
Cycle of Assessments and Improvements Boosts Afterschool Quality Afterschool programs get better the more they assess themselves and make changes based on those assessments, says the recently released report on the Youth Program Quality Intervention study by the Weikart Center. At a time when quality improvement is a priority for the afterschool field, the report says that a cycle of assessing staff practices, planning based on the assessment and targeted training improves the quality of services delivered to young people. 3/27/2012
Evaluation of the Youth-Driven Spaces Project The Youth-Driven Space (YDS) program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, was comprised of a coaching/training model implemented in eight youth-serving organizations in Michigan. The intervention was designed and conducted by The Neutral Zone in collaboration with The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (Weikart Center) and S|Y|N Associates. 3/1/2012
Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings: Impact findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention study This study, funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation, evaluates the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), a data-driven continuous improvement model for afterschool systems. Using a rigorous, experimental design, the research finds that the YPQI produces a cascade of positive effects, resulting in improved program quality at the point of service. 2/29/2012
The Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) Research Study: Implications for Policy and Practice Researchers found that the Youth Program Quality Intervention - a scalable, evidence-based continuous improvement model - increases quality among a wide range of afterschool systems, is sustainable and cost-effective, and might boost staff retention. 2/29/2012