Aligning Summer Learning and Afterschool

The National Summer Learning Association and the Forum for Youth Investment seek to increase alignment between the summer learning and after-school fields.

Because the summer learning and after-school fields differ in their program structures, alignment with school curriculum, and pre-service training, they need tools to increase the alignment, coherence, efficiency, and effectiveness of their quality improvement efforts. The project will produce a quality assessment tool that draws upon two measures: the Youth Program Quality Assessment and the Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs that assess quality in after-school and summer programs respectively. Data collection includes focus groups and interviews with users at 10–20 summer learning sites in 2–4 communities. The project will produce new materials, staff cross-training across both organizations, and a summer learning quality assessment tool that more closely aligns with assessments used in after-school settings. Widespread interest in more closely aligning after-school and summer initiatives suggests that this work may an immediate impact.

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