Getting the Most Out of Your Program

Expanded Learning Collaborative: Making the Most of K-12 Out-of-Schooltime Learning

Getting the Most Out of Your Program
On this page you will find information for parents and caregivers about how to get the most out of your afterschool or summer program – so you can make sure your children are getting all of the benefits a program can offer.

How to Make the Most of Summer for your Child 
Summer programs provide many benefits to the youth and their families who participate. Choosing the right program for your child is an important decision.  Click on this link to learn more about making summer count.

Afterschool Program Questions
Do you want to know:
• How to Engage Your Child About Their Afterschool Program?
• Questions to ask Program Staff?
• What Effects of a High-Quality Afterschool Program Are?

You can download Information Sheets that answer these questions by clicking on the following links:
– English
– Spanish
– Chinese

Understanding Program Quality
The Expanded Learning Collaborative has worked with providers, experts and researchers to develop tools to help identify and improve the quality of afterschool and summer programs.

To learn more about what quality in afterschool programs should look like, check out the Afterschool Quality Self Assessment Tool.

To learn more about what quality in summer programs should look like, check out the Summer Quality Self Assessment Tool.

To learn more about the types of skills and abilities staff in afterschool and summer programs should possess, check out the Core Competencies for Out of School Time Staff.

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