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Each day, over 10 million children participate in afterschool programs. Working parents rely on these programs to keep their children learning, growing and safe during the gap hours—after the school day ends, but before parents come home from work. Parents also rely on these afterschool programs to be staffed and run by professionals who have training and expertise in working with children and youth. In a series of podcasts, NAA Executive Director Gina Warner will speak to researchers, experts, practitioners and funders about afterschool quality—what it is, how to achieve it and why it is imperative.

Latest Episodes

Evaluation IS a Quality Improvement Process and Strategy

All too often, and perhaps especially in the afterschool field, staff see evaluation as a reporting duty they must fulfill rather than a useful tool. “Program quality” and “evaluation” do not have to be seen as two separate strands of work. Christina Russell, of Policy Studies Associates, leads studies focused on expanded learning opportunities and their role in promoting positive social and emotional outcomes for youth in grades K-12.

20 MIN2015 MAY 26
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Evaluation IS a Quality Improvement Process and Strategy

What's Going on with Federal Funding for Afterschool?

In this Quality Conversation, Jen Rinehart from the Afterschool Alliance shares the latest in afterschool policy and funding news. She gives an update on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and shares what that means for 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the country. Jen also discusses the implementation of last fall’s reauthorized Child Care and Development Fund.

14 MIN2015 MAY 1
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What's Going on with Federal Funding for Afterschool?

Implementing a Quality Improvement System: Changing Process, Changing Mindset, Changing Outcomes

Adopting a continuous program quality improvement model is challenging; change can be uncomfortable, and system implementation can be a long process. Monica Marie Jones believes in the power of afterschool professionals to change a young person’s life by an intentional focus on quality interactions and activities. In this podcast, Monica shares lessons learned through the implementation of the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA)

12 MIN2015 MAR 25
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Implementing a Quality Improvement System: Changing Process, Changing Mindset, Changing Outcomes

Latest Episodes

Evaluation IS a Quality Improvement Process and Strategy

All too often, and perhaps especially in the afterschool field, staff see evaluation as a reporting duty they must fulfill rather than a useful tool. “Program quality” and “evaluation” do not have to be seen as two separate strands of work. Christina Russell, of Policy Studies Associates, leads studies focused on expanded learning opportunities and their role in promoting positive social and emotional outcomes for youth in grades K-12.

20 MIN2015 MAY 26
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Evaluation IS a Quality Improvement Process and Strategy

What's Going on with Federal Funding for Afterschool?

In this Quality Conversation, Jen Rinehart from the Afterschool Alliance shares the latest in afterschool policy and funding news. She gives an update on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and shares what that means for 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the country. Jen also discusses the implementation of last fall’s reauthorized Child Care and Development Fund.

14 MIN2015 MAY 1
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What's Going on with Federal Funding for Afterschool?

Implementing a Quality Improvement System: Changing Process, Changing Mindset, Changing Outcomes

Adopting a continuous program quality improvement model is challenging; change can be uncomfortable, and system implementation can be a long process. Monica Marie Jones believes in the power of afterschool professionals to change a young person’s life by an intentional focus on quality interactions and activities. In this podcast, Monica shares lessons learned through the implementation of the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA)

12 MIN2015 MAR 25
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Implementing a Quality Improvement System: Changing Process, Changing Mindset, Changing Outcomes

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