Career Pathways II: Expansion of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®
to Support Youth Workers


Project Director: Ellen Gannett
Team Member: Elizabeth Starr

With this project, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time is teaming up with the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition, the Child Care Services Association and the Forum for Youth Investment to build on Phase I of the Career Pathways Project by supporting three states to pilot a strategy that has emerged as particularly promising – expanding the success of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® to reach staff that work with school age and older youth (middle and high school-age), in self-regulated or state regulated programs (e.g. community-based organizations, affiliates of national youth-serving organizations).

The overarching goal of the Career Pathways II Project is to ensure that the three states – Florida, Missouri and Pennsylvania – build upon current successes to increase the education, compensation and retention of the youth work workforce by expanding the T.E.A.C.H. model. The pilot will include developing scholarship models which address the specific needs of this workforce and link these powerful entities within states to ensure sustainability.

The proposed Career Pathways II project will generate real-time state policy models and examples that can increase the supports, compensation and competencies of youth workers. Keeping the project strongly connected to the Next Generation Coalition will ensure these lessons are shared broadly within the field and in particular, with other states and localities focused on strengthening the youth work field. to ensure project coordination, regular communication, and overall action across the Career Pathways sites.

This work is being funded by Cornerstones for Kids.

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    "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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