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It’s a fact: quality matters.

Dozens of recent studies all point to the same result — it’s good for young people to consistently participate in high quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

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NAA Quality Afterschool Briefs

A set of issues briefs from the National Afterschool Association on why afterschool quality matters, identifying and improving quality programs, promoting professionalism, and funding quality initiatives.

The Achievement Gap is Real: Afterschool Is a Real Solution Linked to Closing the Gap – Deborah Vandell

New research from Deborah Vandell links consistent participation in high quality afterschool programing with positive youth outcomes, such as narrowed gap in math achievement, reduced school absences, and better work habits.

The Cost of Quality of Out-of-School Time Programs 

This paper seeks foster more fact-based conversations about the cost of quality among policymakers who set reimbursement rates, funders, and providers.

Afterschool Quality: The Process of Program Improvement 

ASQ is a five-step self-assessment that can help you look at the quality of your program and make changes to achieve better practices and more positive outcomes.