Research has shown that high-quality programs contribute to long-term positive outcomes for youth, therefore the Network for Youth Success is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to assist providers with quality improvement. Likewise, programs must be sustainable to offer those long-term benefits. The following resources and opportunities are offered in this section of to assist providers in achieving sustainable, high-quality programs.
Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) Tool: This tool for afterschool program providers allows for self-assessment across ten elements as part of a continuous quality improvement process.
School-Age Care Credential: This credential promotes quality services to children and families by providing specific standards, training, and evaluation for afterschool professionals. Individuals may obtain their credential by taking the course, working with an advisor, and completing an in-person observation and evaluation by an endorser. The credential meets the education requirements for a Site Director as required by the school-age child care regulations.
Program Accreditation: This accreditation is the ultimate indication of program quality. Sites that undergo accreditation work towards meeting a set of quality standards with a coach and are then certified by an endorser. Participation in the accreditation process helps sites build sustainable quality and share their success through a public certification.
Digest Archive: The Network for Youth Success provides a monthly newsletter of news, research, and resources for the field. Past copies are available here, and receive future copies by signing up for the listserv.
School-Community Partnerships: Many expanded learning opportunities work in or with schools and research shows that alignment between programs and schools contributes to positive outcomes for youth. This section offers a guide to developing a high-quality partnership as well as an overview of current practices in the state and related policy recommendations.
Start a Program: Resources of specific use to those providers that are looking to start a new high-quality, sustainable program.
Regulations: New York State regulates afterschool programs through school-age child care regulations. Most afterschool programs must be registered under these regulations that outline health and safety practices as well as some programmatic practices.
Useful Websites: National, state, and local organizations with resources for expanded learning opportunities.
Helpful E-Newsletters: Electronic newsletters that contain relevant information for expanded learning opportunity providers.
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EARN YOUR NYS SAC CREDENTIAL AND...-Qualify as a Site Supervisor-Reduce challenging behaviors-Learn how to meet children's needs-Familiarize yourself with NYS OCFS SAC Regulations-Increase confidence in your work-Enhance your leadership skills-Join a network of credentialed professionals serving children in NYSThe Distance Learning School-Age Care (SAC) Preparatory Course includes viewing recorded videos, reading, and preparing a portfolio and resource file. This class meets the education requirement to be a Site Director in New York State. Now enrolling for Fall 2021 register here: networkforyouthsuccess.org/credential/distance-learning/... See MoreSee Less
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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