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Program Quality Tools

“Emerging research on after school program quality and its relationship to outcomes indicates that…quality after school programs also share the following features: Appropriate supervision and structure, well prepared staff, intentional programming with opportunities for autonomy and choice and strong partnerships among the various settings…schools, programs and families.” -Harvard Family Research Project 2-2008

National Afterschool Accreditation: COA

Council on Accreditation is now responsible for national afterschool accreditation. Please take a moment to visit Council on Accreditation to access comprehensive information on Afterschool Program recognition as well as the standards, process information, answers to some frequently asked questions, and the recognition applications. The COA website also contains links to Afterschool specific self-paced trainings that were developed to assist you and your staff in learning about COA and their standards. In addition, it will help you evaluate which opportunity is the best fit for your program. You can access these trainings by visiting: After School Program Self-Paced Trainings

Resources and Research On Quality

Oregon's Afterschool and Summer Program Quality Framework

OregonASK recognizes the crucial link between what children and youth experience in afterschool programs and the skills and knowledge of the program staff who work with them. To assist in improving the overall quality of afterschool programs in Oregon, OregonASK and its partners are creating ways to develop and support the professional development infrastructure by:

* Ensuring that afterschool is recognized and supported on state level professional development committees.
* Encouraging and facilitating the development of systems of training.
* Supporting professional development by identifying and supporting trainers.
* Providing technical assistance and resources.
* Educating afterschool professionals using Oregon's Core Competencies which can lead to an School-Age Credential through our partners at the Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD).

OregonASK believes that quality afterschool programs are committed to providing each child and youth with a enriching experience that enhances their growth and learning opportunities. OregonASK, as a collaboration, has newly revised the Oregon Quality Framework for Afterschool and Summer Programs. The intention of these documents are to guide programs and professionals in assessing their own level of quality, to assist policy makers in recognizing and supporting quality improvement efforts, and to enhance the overall development and enrichment of children and youth in Oregon.

Oregon's Quality Standards (click to view)
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Oregon's Core Competencies (click to view)
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Oregon's Outcomes and Indicators (click to view)
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Quality Indicators Reference Guide (click to view)
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Administration Guide (click to view)
               (Click here for a downloadable pdf)

Best Practices

Best Practices in afterschool are specific practices that facilitate positive outcomes for children and youth and promote high-quality standards for afterschool programming. Best practices are research based and evaluated to show a positive impact on child and youth outcomes.

Promising Practices

Promising Practices are tools or models that, based on repetition and experience, have shown to be effective.

Promising practices encompass a broad range of topics from curriculum planning to payment procedures. They include all those things that go on every day and help make positive, high quality programs. You can look at promising practices to see what has worked successfully and adapt those practices to meet the needs of their program.

Click here for program Best and Promising Practices.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Click here to see our upcoming professional development opportunities!

Did you miss an OregonASK Training? Would you like to review one you attended? Click here to view recorded webinars, visit resources links and see supporting documents used in our trainings.

Terms of Use

The Oregon Quality Framework for Afterschool and Summer Programs documents are the intellectual property of the Oregon Afterschool Network and its component parts, and is protected by relevant local and federal laws. The content in these documents may be reproduced or distributed for informational and educational uses only. The content of the documents may not be modified or edited without the written permission of the Oregon Afterschool Network. If you are referencing or adapting any part of the Oregon Quality Framework as a resource for creating a similar instrument, please acknowledge use of the document(s) in your publication. Prior to referencing or adapting any part of the Oregon Quality Framework, please contact us at

2015 Oregon's Children's Agenda

OregonASK joins over 60 groups that have come together to build United for Kids, a legislative policy agenda for Oregon's Kids - because we agree it is time to work together. 

United for Kids has released a 2015 Children's Agenda. We encourage you to review the document and pay particular attention to page four (4). Look at the header: it is time that every student has an equal chance to succeed. The agenda suggests investment in expanded learning opportunities afterschool and in the summer to support health and academic achievement and prevent learning loss. We agree. 

Stay tuned for more updates.