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This is a companion guide to the report,
Putting It All Together: Guiding
Principles for Quality After-School Programs Serving Preteens.
Who is this guide for?
This resource guide is intended primarily for practitioners, including agency directors, program managers and program staff.
What is the purpose of this guide?
This guide provides resources for creating and expanding programs, program quality improvement and proposal development.
How is this guide organized?
The guide is organized around the six principles for after-school program quality outlined in Putting It All Together: Guiding Principles for Quality After-School Programs Serving Preteens, commissioned by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. The principles were developed by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) and were based on research about after-school programs that have been shown to have positive associations with emotional and behavioral outcomes for participants, along with lessons learned by the Foundation.
What will you find in this guide?
For each of the six principles this guide provides: 1) a description,
2) examples of what the principle looks like in action, and 3) links to
the relevant research and "how-to" guides for strengthening
the principle. The sixth principle, Continuous Program Improvement, includes
an overview of assessment tools, an important component of the improvement
process. The guide also provides some general resources for strengthening
program quality, including, books, articles, organizations and websites.