Strengthening and Safeguarding Continuous Quality Improvement Systems: Lessons from Afterschool System Builders

Over the course of the past three years, the Wallace Foundation’s Next Generation Afterschool System Building Initiative Quality Group – led by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) – met monthly to discuss issues concerning the support and sustainability of continuous quality improvement systems (CQIS). The working group went beyond spelling out needed components of a successful CQIS; rather, they spent the three years looking at the inner workings of a system – sharing concrete, tested strategies and practices, and revealing complexities, debates, and questions related to quality.

NIOST has drafted a report that documents the work of the Quality Group and shares the collective lessons learned. If you are interested in reviewing the working draft and providing feedback, please download the report below and complete the feedback survey. Thank you!

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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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