Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network Quality Committee Statewide Older Youth QRIS Initiative

Principal Investigator: Ellen Gannett, M.Ed.
Research Associate: Sasha Stavsky, M.A.

In March 2012, the PSAYDN Quality Committee began to convene a broad range of stakeholders from across Pennsylvania to begin envisioning a statewide Older Youth QRIS targeting those programs not currently eligible for participation in the existing QRIS system, Keystone STARS.  With the assistance of NIOST, PSAYDN has created four sub-groups that have begun to conceptualizing the components of the proposed Older Youth QRIS model.  NIOST will coordinate logistics for the Executive Committee which is steering this effort, as well as for two of the four proposed sub-groups (Older Youth QRIS Model and Quality Standards, Outcomes and Tools.)  In addition, NIOST is providing support by researching similar initiatives in other states, creating resources and documents, providing connections to national resources, and facilitating the planning of statewide QRIS convenings.



    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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