Building APAS and Literacy Capacity in Philadelphia Out-of-School Time Programs
Ongoing Since: 2019-2022
Funded by: William Penn Foundation
Project Summary: The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), an action project of WCW, is working with five out-of-school time programs in Philadelphia, PA, to enhance and implement program quality assessment, literacy skill-building best practices, and continuous program quality improvement.
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) is partnering over three years with five afterschool programs in Philadelphia, PA to improve the quality of programming, specifically to enable literacy-rich environments for kindergarten through 3rd grade participants. These improvements are made by growing staff capacity around activity design, planning, and delivery using program quality assessment practices, coaching, and continuous program improvement approaches.
As part of this project, NIOST has provided ongoing one-on-one coaching to support programs in targeting quality and literacy improvements. It has conducted virtual community of practice meetings with participating programs to learn, plan, and support each other. It has designed virtual literacy training to give providers tools and strategies for immediate implementation. It has also surveyed program staff about literacy skill development, and hosted and curated an online platform for ongoing access to resources and recorded training sessions.
In a survey, program leaders said that access to virtual coaching supports, obtaining useful resources, and connecting with other providers were the most beneficial aspects of their participation in the project.