During the past eight years, the after-school field has made real progress, particularly in understanding what “high-quality practice” means and how to measure it. And we at the Foundation have learned a great deal about how to do our work from our efforts in this area. This essay describes what we learned and the implications for the future. Woven throughout is an overview of how the after-school field has evolved and the issues that remain.
Our Work on the Quality of After-school Programs: 2003–2011