We are thrilled to announce we will be going to Seattle for the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting, April 23-25, 2019. We hope you will join us!


Nicole Yohalem

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.

Publishing Date: 
October 2, 2012

The Ready by 21 Credentialed by 26 Challenge

More and more communities are dipping into the Ready by 21 waters: The Ready by 21 Partnership has selected partnerships in four communities – Montgomery County, Md.; Broward County, Fla.; El Dorado County, Calif.; and Sonoma County, Calif. – to participate in the Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 Challenge.

Publishing Date: 
March 16, 2011

Credentialed by 26, Insulating the Education Pipeline to Increase Postsecondary Success

The first in a new Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 series, this issue brief explores why postsecondary completion is an important goal and looks at how the U.S. is currently faring. It identifies partners that need to be mobilized and policy approaches that need to be enacted in order to significantly increase completion rates and help more young people successfully transition to adulthood.

Publishing Date: 
November 22, 2010

Ready by 21: Making Quality Count

Ready by 21: Making Quality Count

The Ready by 21® Quality Counts initiative provided leaders and intermediaries from 12 cities and states around the country with a bold challenge – improving the quality and reach of out-of-school time programming.

Publishing Date: 
November 8, 2010

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #16: Shining a Light on Supervision: Lessons from the Beacons

This commentary takes readers inside the world of the Beacons, to understand their approach to supervision. In it, we ask and answer the questions: What does good supervision of youth work professionals look like? How can we strengthen supervision in ways that improve practice and reduce turnover?

Publishing Date: 
February 17, 2010

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #12: Unpacking Youth Work Practice

The Forum's OST Policy Commentary series is back! In this issue we discuss the implications of recent research led by Bart Hirsch, Reed Larson and Charles Smith. Each study helps deepen our understanding of youth work practice and can inform policy strategies aimed at developing a strong, stable, committed and prepared OST workforce.

Publishing Date: 
June 26, 2008

QC Connections: March 2008

The Ready by 21 National Launch was successful and celebrated the partnership that will help all Ready by 21 communities. Read about the work in Kentucky, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids and Lexington. The Ready by 21 Launch. Read the ultimate guide on Ready by 21 and the committments that partners are making to the challenge.

Publishing Date: 
March 19, 2008

Putting Youth Work on the Map

Over the past year, two comprehensive studies of youth workers were coordinated by the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition. Together, these two studies, conducted by the Forum for Youth Investment and the National Afterschool Association, capture the voices and perspectives of over 5,000 youth workers from across the country.

Publishing Date: 
November 15, 2006