Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #15: Raising the Bar: Quality Improvement Systems for Youth Programs
In this commentary, we compile lessons learned about building quality improvement systems for OST programs, based on emerging research and increasing activity in the field. We also take readers to two places – the state of Michigan and the city of Chicago – where implementation of this model is underway with promising results. We also hear the perspectives of leaders in both places on the potential of this investment for building their systems and ensuring that young people are engaged in high quality out-of-school time programs. Lessons emerging from the YPQI indicate that high-fidelity investments that shift manager practices make a significant difference in program quality and that, over time, programs can improve the quality of their practices in support of children and youth.