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Afterschool Matters, n12 p37-44 Fall 2010

This paper describes one approach to quality improvement efforts: the Quality Improvement System (QIS) implemented by Prime Time Palm Beach County (Prime Time) in Palm Beach County, Florida. Prime Time's QIS is recognized as one promising systemic effort to improve quality in the afterschool field (Yohalem, Granger, & Pittman, 2009). As a systemic effort, the QIS incorporates many elements of quality improvement being implemented in other afterschool settings, including assessment, planning, coaching, training, and networking. The experience of developing and implementing QIS offers opportunities for learning at multiple levels: how a systemic response can develop from an initial concern about low quality; how afterschool program directors experience the introduction and continuation of such a systemic approach; and how a system's multiple strategies can be refined and aligned. This experience also provides an opportunity to step back and reflect on the relative importance of specific contributing elements in the larger system.

Descriptors: After School Programs, Intervention, Educational Quality, Program Evaluation, Planning, Coaching (Performance), Social Networks, Administrators, Partnerships in Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Physical Health, Educational Improvement

National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail: niost[at]wellesley.edu; Web site: http://www.niost.org

Autor: Sinisterra, Diana; Baker, Stephen

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1643&id=EJ1068385

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