Program Quality

Program quality in Out-of-School Time (OST) is a broad term that involves a balanced focus on a range of program elements, including evaluation and assessment, instructional and program design, staffing and professional development, school-community relations, partnerships, and family engagement. This section provides a wide range of information and tools to help programs enhance and improve their program quality, and inform funders and policy makers about the landscape of quality in OST programs.

This topic is divided into seven categories:

Program Quality Overviews

Evaluation & Program Assessment

Family Engagement

Instructional & Program Design


Professional Development, Training & Staffing

School-Community Relationships

Each category has several sections (see menu on right) with free resources to download which provide both researchers and practitioners a deeper understanding how OST programs can support quality programming.

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