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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.
“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
The Quality Team of OregonASK serves afterschool programs by offering observation and assessment based on Oregon's Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs. Like the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) for licensed child-care sites, using our Framework creates opportunities for continuous improvement and recognizes a job well done.
The training philosophy at OregonASK is to improve the the quality of afterschool programs by providing relevant training and resources, including over 100 hours of training to nearly 400 afterschool providers in the last year. Half of those training hours were related to offering STEM content in afterschool. We worked on the road this spring, packing up our Wilsonville office to take trainings to school age providers in Springfield, Eugene, Medford, Bend, and Newport. More than 100 afterschool professionals attended our Road to Quality training events this spring.
Another project of the Quality Team is supporting licensed, school-age childcare sites in the and encouraging staff to participate in and log their professional development and education in The Oregon Registry. The Team has been working with 40 sites in 2014 and will add 5 more in the New Year.
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
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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.