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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ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT to submit your RFP to present at the 2022 Annual School's Out: Make it Count Conference We are accepting proposals in the following topics, but are open to new and innovative ideas. Sessions are either 30 or 90 minutes long.Diversity, Equity, and InclusionVirtual ProgrammingSocial and Emotional LearningScience, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM)Guiding Children’s BehaviorsProgram SustainabilityProgram Quality ImprovementLeadership Development for ProfessionalsFamily EngagementTrauma-Informed CareArtsSelf-CareHealth and Safety / COVID Submit Your Proposal Today!networkforyouthsuccess.org/ninja-forms/164ep69 All submissions are due by October 31, 2021. Selected presenters will be notified by November 30, 2021. Questions??? Contact Erin@Networkforyouthsuccess.org ... See MoreSee Less
Celebrate With Us!Participate in our two events on October 28 to celebrate New York’s afterschool programs. Join our Tweetstorm from 12-1pm. Print the Lightbulb graphic and have program staff, parents, and students fill out why they support #LightsOnAfterschool.Smile and snap a photo of the finished product.Share with us on Facebook or Twitter on October 28, between 12pm-1pm with the hashtag #LightsOnAfterschool or #HelpKidsRecover. Don't forget to tag us on Twitter @NYSYouthSuccess.Join us at our virtual celebration at 5:00pm! Join participants, providers, and other supporters of afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs to shine the #LightsOnAfterschool in New York! ... See MoreSee Less
We are just 2 week away from the 22nd Annual Lights On Afterschool. We would love to hear from you and the impact of afterschool to post on our social media platforms Thursday Oct 28th. Submission is simple! Print the lightbulb below and write why you love afterschool, then SMILE, take a picture and send your submission to Alysha@NetworkForYouthSuccess.orgWe can't wait to celebrate with you on October 28th and see why you LOVE afterschool. ... See MoreSee Less