The QSA Tool is organized around ten essential elements of an effective afterschool program, all of which come from evidenced-based practice. Under each element, there is a list of quality indicators. If you are just starting a program, begin with indicators that are critical to address prior to program start-up. Each indicator is rated on a performance level from 1 to 4, and examples of what a program might look like at each performance level is available for all indicators. You can find those on each element page, or look at the full tool downloadable on the right.
The QSA Tool is meant to be used in concert with other formal and informal evaluation methods, such as youth, parent and staff meetings, youth and parent focus groups, and external motioning and evaluation. Each of these methods can help identify program strengths and areas in need of improvement.
Building on the QSA Tool and similar afterschool standards in other states, organizations have developed specialized standards that target specific programming areas or youth development goals. View these Supplemental Tools.
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This week, the Network is pleased to shine a spotlight on Shakema Cyrus, the afterschool program director for Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School. Inspired by the afterschool program she attended when she was younger, Shakema began working in the afterschool field in 2018. “Through that experience, I was able to build long-lasting relationships, be exposed to many community opportunities that have aided in my growth as a young adult, and [gain] access to organizations that I am now able to partner with for my current students,” said Shakema. Shakema has successfully applied her previous skills in event planning and education to create amazing opportunities for students, staff, and their families, and "to educate, support, and empower the community" that she serves. The SAC Credential Course was essential to Shakema’s transition from her business background to the afterschool field. Taking this course was a “no-brainer,” she explained, as it positioned her to elevate her career and run a great program that is "in compliance with every aspect of [our] program requirements." Shakema went on to say that, “Through taking the SAC Credential Course, I learned that creating an efficient afterschool program for students takes hard work and commitment...and that the opportunities are endless as long as you're utilizing all resources provided to you to create the best program possible." To find an agency that teaches the SAC Credential near you, click here. For more information on the asynchronous distance learning course, click here. ... See MoreSee Less