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Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide and Case Studies for Afterschool Leaders

While an increasing number of afterschool providers have made quality improvement a priority, addressing quality in a systemic way is complicated: It requires research, planning, building consensus, developing resources, managing new processes and sometimes redefining old relationships.

2012-10-02
Ready Thoughts: September 2012

Collective Impact and Opportunity Youth: Movements at the Crossroads

By Karen Pittman, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment

2012-09-06
Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #17: The Common Core Standards: What do they Mean for Out-of-School Time?

The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools.

2012-07-31
Credentialed by 26 Series: Raising the Bar from Ready by 21 to Credentialed by 26: Highlights from Community and State Efforts

Anyone working to increase postsecondary success knows that aligning the work of various stakeholders and helping sectors work together is essential – and a new issue brief shows how leaders are making that happen on both the community and state levels.

2012-05-29
Ready Thoughts: April 2012

Ready Thoughts: A Home Run for Quality Improvement

2012-04-06
Ready Thoughts: February 2012

Ready Thoughts: The Power of One

2012-02-24
What's in Your Cabinet?

In the face of budget cuts that threaten to erode crucial supports for children and youth, some state agencies have found a promising mechanism for increasing efficiency while maintaining or even improving supports for young people: Children’s Cabinets.

2012-02-16
Ready Thoughts: January 2011

Ready Thoughts: Ready, Willing and Able

2012-01-30
New Policies Should Align With Existing Goals and Plans for Children and Youth

To have a collective impact on child and youth outcomes, leaders must develop and implement a broad, long-term child and youth strategy, and be accountable for results. This can be a challenge. Policies often require the creation of strategic plans that are organized around a single, narrow topic.

2012-01-11
Forum Flash: December 2011

Forum Flash: Youth Jobs, Youth Engagement, OST

2011-12-19