Career Pathways

Completed 2010

Project Director: Ellen Gannett
Team Member: Betsy Starr


With funding from Cornerstones for Kids and The Packard Foundation, NIOST is partnering with the Forum for Youth Investment and Child Care Services Association to develop a set of guidelines to promote and strengthen the youth work workforce, with the aim of increasing stability, preparation, support and commitment to the well-being and empowerment of youth. The main objectives of the project revolve around increasing the education, compensation, retention, and development systems within the youth work field. With a few main pilot states, including Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Missouri, NIOST and its partners are taking concrete steps to analyze systems, provide scholarships, create fund development plans, and develop a team of mentors that will engage stakeholders and create buy-in for the project.

By 2010, Career Pathways would like to see at least 5 states or cities taking coordinated steps and putting serious effort towards applying stronger career pathways to those in the youth work workforce. These pathways may be achieved through amendments to regulatory or administrative policies on a state level, but should have as the ultimate goal the retention and compensation of high-quality staff. NIOST and its partners are involved in generating examples and models of such support systems.


For a report on phase one of the career pathways project click here.



    "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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