Building Better Afterschool Systems

Nearly 400 public officials, educators, youth program leaders, nonprofit workers and funders from across the country gathered in February for the Better Together Conference in Baltimore.

Their mission: share lessons about building effective systems and encourage cities to better coordinate resources from multiple stakeholders.

A new report – Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool – summarizes the conference and features work that the Forum and the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality are doing on program quality improvement. The conference was co-sponsored by the Forum for Youth Investment and four partners: the Wallace Foundation, the National League of Cities, the Collaborative for Building After School Systems and the American Youth Policy Forum.