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Podcast: Journeys in Youth Development, Episode 3

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NIOST director Georgia Hall, Ph.D., talks with Brittany Jacobs, Library Director at the Burlington Public Library in Iowa and Edward Franklin, President and CEO of Voice of Hope Ministries in Texas.

Sustaining Passion for the Out-of-School Time Field

music classOut-of-school-time (OST) professionals place great importance on a passion for their work, building relationships with children, and fostering their positive, healthy development, according to a new study by NIOST researchers. Yet financial instability and a lack of competitive pay may be hindering workers’ satisfaction and longevity in the field.

System Building, Relationships, and Quality in Out-of-School Time

ASMFall2018CoverThe newest issue of Afterschool Matters, the national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in the field of afterschool education, reflects on the field’s ability to help provide students with experiences outside of the classroom that give them opportunities to stretch their skills, grow friendships, and challenge their limits.

Wyoming Program Quality Practices and Implementation

Wyoming Program Quality Practices and Implementation

Ongoing since 2014

Principal Investigator: Ellen Gannett, M.Ed.

Project Director: Betsy Starr, M.Ed.

Funder: Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA)

NIOST worked with the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) to develop statewide Program Quality Practices (PQPs) for School Age, Afterschool, and Youth Development programs. NIOST continues its partnership with WYAA to implement these PQPs and integrate them into their quality system. This phase includes development of a User Guide for afterschool providers, creation of presentation, webinar, and website content to communicate the importance of the PQPs and their alignment within the quality system, and evaluation of the implementation efforts.


    "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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