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.
Sept. 16–Dec. 16: Virtual (Live Instructor) NYS School Age Care (SAC) Credential Part 2 (Fridays, 9:30 am–12:30 pm)The Network is excited to announce that the virtual SAC Credential Course with a live instructor is now offered for the entire state. This course is an in-depth study of competency standards that reflect best practices in afterschool programs. This course is specifically designed for individuals currently employed in SACC programs who serve children ages 5 to 13 years old. Competency standards demonstrating the ability to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth will be explored. Major topics include:Maintaining a safe, healthy learning environmentChild developmentChallenging behaviorsWorking with familiesCurriculum developmentOperational program managementCommunicationProfessionalism Cost: $1,250 per semester. Individuals must take both semesters (Part 1 and Part 2), and they can be taken in either order. Scholarships may be available through the Educational Incentive Program. Questions? Contact Erin@NetworkForYouthSuccess.Org Register Today! app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/NewYorkStateNetworkforYou/Virtual.html... See MoreSee Less
After-School Science PLUS - Download Building with Wonderful Junk and take the challenge! Build a bridge or a platform that meets a set of requirements and test it. Challenge the kids to add to the activity (e.g., build a bridge that will hold a student up 6 inches from the floor). www.fhi360.org/resource/after-school-science-plus... See MoreSee Less
Children who eat healthy during summer remember more of what they learned in school and are better prepared when they go back in the fall. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals and snacks to children and teens ages 18 and under when school is not in session. Summer meal sites include schools, parks, churches, public pools, community centers, camps, housing communities, libraries, YMCAs, farmers’ markets, medical centers, summer recreation programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and museums. Here’s how you can support the SFSP:Become a Summer Meals Site- Upon meeting the eligibility requirements you can become a meal site. Sites are connected to and trained by a local supervising sponsoring organization that provides the meals. Most sites are “open” sites, meaning there is no enrollment process for children or families; any child or teenager can drop in during meal or snack service times. Promote and Grow Summer Meals- Visit the Summer Meals Outreach Resource page and help increase the number of children eating summer meals by promoting summer meal sites, recruiting new sites in underserved areas, and supporting local sponsors and sites already operating in your area.Find a Summer Meals Site Near you- With the school year ending, help families find summer meal sites so children can enjoy breakfast and lunch all summer long.For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, visit the Hunger Solutions NY website.hungersolutionsny.org/federal-nutrition-programs/summer-food-service-program/resources/... See MoreSee Less