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					                           2006-07 4-H Afterschool Training Grant
          Building Partners and Advocates by Creating an Afterschool Training Consortium


                                             Funded by MetLife Foundation
                                        PROPOSAL COVER SHEET
Information for Agreement between National 4-H Council and
The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Extension
Name of 4-H Extension entity managing the funds (Fiscal Agency)

Date: January 22, 2007
County: Dane
State: Wisconsin
University: University of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator’s Contact information:
       Name: Dr. Kathleen E. Vos
       Title: 4-H Experiential Learning Specialist/Wisconsin Afterschool Network Coordinator
       Address: 431 Lowell Hall, 610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53703
       Email: kathi.vos@ces.uwex.edu
       Telephone: 608-262-2496
       Fax: 608-265-6407

Project Overview:
The Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN), co-lead by 4-H, has recruited 12 experienced staff to train
100 people at six regional workshops. They will work with 4-H agents at 15-20 local sites to train 500
afterschool providers. This initiates the development of a WAN Training Consortium based on WAN’s
Guiding Principles.

4-H Extension entity managing the funds (Fiscal Agency) with complete contact information
(To Whom the check will be sent):
Make Check Payable To (4-H Extension entity name): The Board of Regents of the University
of Wisconsin System
       Primary Contact: Suzanne Samuelsen
       Title: Non-federal Coordinator
       Address: Office of Extramural Support, 432 North Lake Street, 104 Extension Building
       City, State, zip: Madison WI 53706-1498
       Email: suzanne.samuelsen@uwex.edu
       Telephone: 608-265-5917
       Fax: 608-262-0163

                      State 4-H Program Leader and Assistant Dean/Director              01/25/07
Land-Grant Inst.’s 4-H or FCS Administrator Signature of Approval & title                Date

                                                                                        01/25/07
Principal Investigator Signature of Approval                                             Date


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Part 1 – Executive Summary – Building Partners and Advocates by Creating an Afterschool

Training Consortium

The Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN), co-lead by 4-H, has recruited 12 experienced staff to train

100 people at six regional workshops. They will work with 4-H agents at 15-20 local sites to train 500

afterschool providers. This initiates the development of a WAN Training Consortium based on WAN’s

Guiding Principles.

Part 2 - Overview of Need -- Building a Professional Afterschool Workforce

    The University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX) 4-H Youth Development program, along with the

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), has been co-leading the Wisconsin Afterschool

Network (WAN) since 2005. WAN is supported by a three-year Mott Afterschool Network grant and is

comprised of over 370 partners from 150 state and local organizations. In 2006, WAN partners

established quality standard recommendations entitled “Guiding Principles for Afterschool Programs”

(See WAN website at http://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/wan.html for a complete list.) WAN has begun to organize

training and support around these “Guiding Principles” to build a more professional workforce.

    A well-trained staff is an essential component in a quality afterschool program. The Massachusetts

After-School Research Study (MARS) found that “programs with more highly educated and better paid

staff had significantly better quality.” Another study of high-performing afterschool programs operated by

The After-School Corporation (TASC) found that a key shared characteristic was “a strong experienced

leader/manager supported by a trained and supervised staff.” As policymakers increase expectations of

afterschool programs to improve academic performance and address other youth development issues, the

existence of a well-trained workforce that knows how to build community partnerships and mobilize

citizens to be advocates for youth becomes imperative.

Creating a Training Consortium to Address the “Tale of Two Workforces”

    Results of the National Afterschool Association’s (NAA) survey of the afterschool workforce provide

insights in the short-term needs for ensuring that staff are prepared to meet the needs of children in their

programs and long-term strategies for building afterschool work as a profession. This survey shows a


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workforce with many workers with little experience or education directly relevant to afterschool as well

as frequent turnover and many part-time workers. Interviews with WAN partners indicate that this is also

true for Wisconsin, and often these part-time workers cannot get away for training, so training must come

to them. At the same time, there are a large number of well-educated staff and a core of experienced

workers committed to the profession who can provide on-site training if they are supported by a

comprehensive training and support system. WAN partners have observed that too often experienced staff

attend state and regional training and don’t have time, funds or support to train local staff. This grant will

provide technical support and incentives to ensure that training provided to 100 participants at six state

and regional training events will be adapted and delivered to 500 local afterschool providers. This grant

supports the development of a 4-H-initiated Train the Trainer effort complemented by UWEX distance

learning focused on the WAN Guiding Principle of Strong partnerships with children and youth,

families, schools and communities. This MetLife grant will initiate the development of a statewide

training consortium based on WAN Guiding Principles to help staff at all levels work with community

partners to coordinate resources and create opportunities based on community needs.

Part 3 – Action Plan – Train the Trainer System

12 Master Trainers – Kathi Vos, the WAN Coordinator, has recruited 12 Master Trainers to help her

identify resources and adapt training materials on Building Partners and Advocates for Afterschool

Programs, as well as conduct training and provide technical assistance via distance learning. WAN

Master Trainers are staff representing the four regions of the state and includes four experienced 4-H

Youth Development Agents who have been actively involved in local Afterschool training, four active

WAN partners and four Regional 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Coordinators.

100 Trainers – These 12 Master Trainers will train 100 Trainers at six state and regional training events

complemented by a two hour Wisline Web.                     (See Appendix A for Training Schedule). Workshop

participants will bring 2-3 partners to help create local training plans. Target audience includes: local

afterschool providers, 4-H Agents, other Youth Development workers, WAN Partners, Afterschool

Administrators/Directors/Coordinators and staff providing training and support services to Afterschool.


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500 Afterschool Providers Trained – 100 WAN trainers (working in local teams of 3-5) will provide 8

hours of training and technical support to 500 local afterschool providers and partners.

Training Continues via Distance Education – The UWEX Wisline Teleconferencing, Wisline Web

videoconferencing, Desire 2 Learn (D2L) online courseware, and the 4-H Afterschool web sites builds on

the training gained at these six Train the Trainer sessions. Recognition to MetLife, National 4-H Council

and other project partners will be provided on all publicity and teaching materials using media toolkits

found on National 4-H Council web site and the Wisconsin 4-H Afterschool website.

Train the Trainer Proposal Timeline [Dec. 1, 2006 – Sept. 30, 2007]

   Dec. 2006 – Feb. 1, 2007 – Seek input from all partners and recruit 12 WAN Master Trainers-DONE

   Feb. 15, 2007 – 2 hr. Wisline Web introduction to April 19, 2007 face to face Afterschool Toolkit

   March 2–3, 2007 – Wisconsin AfterSchool Association Conference, WAN Goal Team meeting and

    1st Train the Trainer workshop on Building Partners and Advocates for Afterschool (Friday, 9 a.m – 6

    6 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. = 9 + 8 hrs)

   March 2007 – April 2007 – 4-H, WAN & 21st CCLC sponsor four 6 hr. regional workshops

   April 19, 2007 – DPI and 4-H sponsor 6 hr. face to face Afterschool Toolkit Training in Wausau

   May 1, 2007 – Training plans due to WAN before 2 hr. Wisline Web Training held in early May

   May – Sept. 30, 2007 – WAN Coordinators & Master Trainers provide support via phone

    conferences, Wisline Web videoconferencing, D2L web discussions & e-mail list-serves (Average 1-

    3 hours training and support/person)

   May 2007 – Sept. 30, 2007 – 100 Trainers in 15-20 areas provide 8 hrs. of training & support to 500

    afterschool partners

   Fall 2007 – WAN Training Consortium builds on lessons learned from this MetLife grant

Part 4 - Four Essential Elements of 4-H

    Although an overview of all four Essential Elements will be provided, the “Generosity” element will

be emphasized at all Train the Trainer events. For example, civic engagement is a natural outcome of the




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“Building Partners and Advocates for Afterschool” train the trainer sessions where participants identify at

least three action steps to encourage key stakeholders to be advocates for youth. County 4-H Afterschool

success stories will provide testimonials on how to value and practice service to others. 4-H’s Public

Adventures and Earth Force curriculum will be featured at the state and regional training events to

provide ways for youth to get involved in issues of public concern. The March 14, 2007 Children’s Lobby

Day at the Capitol as well as local Lights On Afterschool celebrations provide opportunities to publicly

showcase civic engagement, advocacy and partnership skills. Local training teams identify specific WAN

Guiding Principles and Essential Elements, with an emphasis on “Generosity” in their training plans.

WAN Master Trainers review local plans to determine how to maximize available training funds and

provides support throughout implementation.

Part 5 - Collaboration and Partnerships – WAN Convenes for a Common Cause

    Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, along with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

(DPI), has been co-leading the Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN) which is a public/private

partnership of 370 individual from 150 state and local organizations. WAN includes representation from

families, government, education, child care providers, employers, philanthropic organizations, youth

development workers, civic organizations, as well as other state and community partners. On January 19,

2007, the WAN State Leadership team supported applying for this MetLife Training grant to create a

WAN Training Consortium using this “Train the Trainer” system complemented by distance learning

technology. Major ground work that has been done includes:

   The Program Quality team of the Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN) has created Guiding

    Principles for Afterschool Programs.(See http://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/wan.html )

   WAN’s Partnership team, led by Kathi Vos, has create a regional network that connects WAN’s

    statewide efforts to local afterschool programs by providing training and support. WAN has co-

    sponsored training at 21st CLC Regional meetings, spring 2006 and 2007 Wisconsin AfterSchool

    Association Conference and the 2004-2006 fall Wisconsin Community Education Conferences.




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   The WAN Policy team has developed a $5 million 2007-09 state budget proposal for establishing a

    new funding stream for after-school programs and is partnering with the Wisconsin Council on

    Children and Families to provide advocacy training to help afterschool staff mobilize citizens to be

    an effective voice for working families and youth.

Other training systems that will be studied include the Mott Afterschool Network’s Afterschool Technical

Assistance Collaboration (ATAC) who support 31 states and The After-School Corporation (TASC) site-

based professional development program.

Part 6 – Capacity and Project Results – UWEX 4-H Youth Development’s Role

    Principal Investigator, Dr. Kathleen Vos, will ensure that Wisconsin will adhere to the data collection

and reporting protocol as developed by National 4-H Council. Wisconsin 4-H has been using a Train the

Trainer approach for over 30 years and has extensive experience providing training to Afterschool

providers. In 2004, Wisconsin received a $10,000 4-H Afterschool grant from J. C. Penney Afterschool

and trained 159 Afterschool staff and partners at four regional workshops. In 2005, an additional $20,000

from the UW-Cooperative Extension Dean’s Fund was awarded to the Wisconsin 4-H Afterschool Team

to help 280 afterschool staff and 140 volunteers improve their ability to offer high quality care, education

and developmental experiences to youth. In 2006, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

provided $5,000 for county 4-H staff to train afterschool providers and 4-H volunteers and the Wisconsin

4-H Youth Development program provided an additional $2,000, as well as in-kind staff time.

    In 2005, Wisconsin 4-H Afterschool programs reached 1,965 youth in 79 4-H Afterschool Clubs. In

2006, they reached 2,972 youth in 119 4-H Afterschool clubs. Wisconsin 4-H has been a national leader

in the youth in governance movement. Dr. Vos helped create the 4-H Cooperative Curriculum System’s

Public Adventure Citizenship curriculum. Deb Jones, Jackson County 4-H Youth Development Agent has

adapted this project for afterschool settings and is one of the WAN Master Trainers. Wisconsin 4-H

Youth Development faculty and staff are seen by other youth serving agencies as catalysts for positive

community youth development who have experience and expertise to strengthen partnerships.




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C. Budget

Expenditures              Grant Request              Match                               Total
                                                     Cash          In-kind
a. Salary &                                                        $7,384                $7,384
    Fringe                                                         $2,616                $2,616
    Benefits
b. Travel                 $2,000                                                         $2,000
c. Curricula              $2,000                                                         $2,000
d. Supplies               $2,000                                                         $2,000
e. Training               $2,000                                                         $2,000
    Materials
f. Marketing              $2,000                                                         $2,000
    Materials
Total                     $10,000                                  $10,000               $20,000


Budget Narrative

a. Salaries and Fringe Benefits – Principal Investigator, Dr. Kathleen Vos, will provide overall

    leadership to this training proposal, monitor expenditures and outcome progress, attend grant phone

    conferences and ensure full grant compliance on all management issues as well as ensure adherence

    to data collection and reporting protocol as mandated by this grant. (15 % FTE for 7 months. Fringe

    benefit rate is 35.43%)

b. Travel – Lunch for 21st CCLC staff at six regional training events will be provided by funds that the

    Department of Public Instruction has designated for WAN development. The Wisconsin Afterschool

    Network will provide lunch for other WAN Partners who are not 21st CLC staff. This grant will

    provide mileage and meals for 10 county Extension staff to participate in six WAN State and

    Regional Training events. State Specialists will use their existing state travel funds. Planning will be

    done via e-mail and the Wisline Teleconferencing system. (10 county 4-H staff x $200 estimated

    travel expenses = $2,000. Mileage will be reimbursed at the state rate which is currently .425/mile

    and meals will be reimbursed at the state rates which are currently: breakfast–$8, lunch–$9 and

    dinner–$17.)




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c. Curricula – National 4-H Council resource guides such as 4-H Youth Development Programming in

     Underserved Communities; 4HCCS Public Adventures Curriculum; Earth Force materials;

     Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Advocacy Training Kits; Head, Heart, Hands and

     Health of Afterschool Programs Training CD; Mott Afterschool Network Resources, and other

     materials as identified by local training plans (20 local sites x $100 curriculum/site = $2,000)

d. Supplies – Nametags, binders, file folders, divider pages, Post-It Notes, flip chart paper, etc. based on

     previous experiences with purchasing (20 local sites and five regional trainings, or 25 training sites x

     $80/site = $2,000)

e. Training Materials – for regional & local training events (500 staff trained x $4 printing/publications

     costs = $2,000)

f.   Marketing Materials – 4-H Afterschool, Wisconsin Afterschool Network and Lights on Afterschool

     Promotional Item (20 local training sites and five regional trainings x $80/site = $2,000)

4-H Agents/trainers work with Jane Marquardt, the State 4-H Office Manager, to access funds to pay for

local training/project actual expenses by either invoicing the State 4-H Office or working with Jane to

purchase supplies using the state Purchase Card. Extension staff who attend the spring Train the Trainer

events will be eligible to submit training plans up to $500/county to cover actual expenses for local

training. These are the same procedures that have been used to distribute the $7,000 training funds

provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development in

2006, so Wisconsin 4-H Staff have demonstrated that they know how to create training plans and access

funds via the Wisconsin 4-H Program Unit.




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Appendix A: WAN Master Training Team, Training Schedule & Guiding Principles

WAN Project Director is Doug White, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

WAN Coordinators include:
   Dr. Kathi Vos, University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development
   Steve Fernan, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
   Alison Kromm, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
   Martha Cranley, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

WAN Master Trainer List
            NE District                     NW District           SE District           SW District
4-H Youth   Deb Moellendorf,                Annette Bjorklund,    Sally Bowers, Dane    Deb Jones,
Development Lincoln County 4-               Washburn County 4-    County 4-H Youth      Jackson County
            H Youth                         H Youth               Development           4-H Youth
            Development                     Development                                 Development

21st CCLC          Deb Kruger, NE           Gary Frankiewicz,     Kathy Dunkerson, SE   Pat Kardin, SW
Regional           Regional 21st            NW Regional 21st      Regional 21st CCLC    Regional 21st
Coordinators       CCLC                     CCLC Coordinator      Coordinator           CCLC
                   Coordinator                                                          Coordinator
WAN Rep            Stan Kocos,              Tanna Worrell,        Rae Williams Di-      Kris Crowe,
                   Director, Boys &         ICEPAC Rep            Milo, President of    WAN Partnership
                   Girls Clubs of                                 Wisconsin             Team
                   Fond du Lac &                                  AfterSchool
                   Co-chair of WAN                                Association & co-
                   State Leadership                               leader of WAN
                   Team                                           Quality Team




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Schedule of Training Events that are part of MetLife 4-H Afterschool Grant

Date            Sponsoring              Master Trainers     Est.               # hrs             Local          Local AS
                Organization                                Trainers                             Contact hrs.   Providers &
                Topic                                                                            by Sept. 30    Partners
3/2/07 –        Wisconsin AfterSchool Association (WAA) Conference. Country Springs Resort, Waukesha, WI
3/3/07
3/2/07           WAN Goal Team             Kathi Vos          30 reach 5 others   8 hrs. face to     8 hours    150
                 meeting at WAA            Steve Fernan                           face
                 Conference                Alison Kromm
                 Advocacy Training         Martha Cranley
                 + Wisline Web in May                                             2 hrs. distance
                 + D2L Discussion                                                 education
3/3/07           Wisconsin AfterSchool                                            7 hrs. face to
                 Association sponsoring                                           face
                 24 workshops                                                     8:00 – 3:00 p.m.
                  with 6 (25%) being led
                 by UWEX staff
                 + Wisline Web                                                    2 hrs. Distance
                 + D2L Web support                                                Ed
75 min. Session taught by Extension Staff a the WAA Conference include:
3/2/07           Experiencing Science                         Tom Zinnen
                 and Exploring the
                 Unknown
3/3/07           Retro Fit Yourself                           Ruth Schriefer
3/3/07           Media Smart Eat, Think                       Ruth Schriefer
                 and Be Active
3/3/07           Involving Youth As                           Deb Moellendorf
                 Partners                                     & Matt Calvert
3/3/07           Dialogue on African                          Jeffrey Lewis
                 American Youth
3/3/07           Establish and Sustain                        Sally Bowers,
                 Quality Afterschool                          Linda Eisele &
                 Science Clubs                                Lyn Diener
3/3/07           4-H Afterschool Exhibit                      Kathi Vos
                 & Afterschool Ag                             Rae Williams
                 Poster Session, WAN                          DiMilo
                 Round Table
                 Discussion
4/19/07          Afterschool Training      Four DPI & SERVE Ellen Andrews,        6 hrs              8 hrs      25
                 Toolkit Train the         staff              Jenny Holm,         2 hrs
                 Trainer                                      Gloria Fauerbach
                 Wausau                                       & two more 4H
                 + Wisline Web on Feb.                        Agent trainers @
                 15, 2007                                     5 counties reach
                                                              25
WAN              Building Partners &       Kathi Vos
Regional         Advocates for             Coordinator
Training         Afterschool
April 2007

NE Region                                Deb Moellendorf      20 reach x 5        5 hrs.             8 hours    100
TBA                                      Deb Kruger           others              2
                                         Stan Kocos                               1
SE Region                                Sally Bowers         20 reach x 5        5                  8 hours    100
TBA                                      Kathy Dunkerson      others              2
                                         Rae Williams                             1
                                         DiMilo
SW Region                                Deb Jones            20 reach x 5        5 hrs              8 hrs      100
April 27,                                Pat Kardin           others              2
2007                                     Chris Crowe                              1
NW Region                                Annette Bjorklund    20 reach x 5        5 hrs              8 hrs      100
April 5-6,                               Gary Frankiwicz      others              2
2007                                     Tanna Worrel                             1
Est.                                     20 Master            115 Trainers                                      575 AS
TOTALS                                   Trainers                                                               Providers




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Building Partners and Advocates for Afterschool
DRAFT – Wisconsin AfterSchool Association Workshop Proposal
Friday, March 2, 2007 at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center, Waukesha, WI

Pre-conference: Wisconsin Afterschool Network Goal Team Meeting
9:00 a.m.       WAN Registration, WAN Display & Sharing Table, Coffee & Tea
9:30 a.m.       WAN Welcome, Overview, Introductions & Updates to total group:
10:00 a.m.      WAN Goal Team Meetings
                     Partnership
                     Program Quality
                     Policy and Advocacy
11:45 a.m.      Report back to total group over a working lunch
12:45 p.m.      Adjourn and/or stay for the afternoon training

Building Partners and Advocates for Afterschool Programs
A Train-the-Trainer Workshop sponsored by the Wisconsin Afterschool Network
NOTE: Workshop participants are encouraged to come with a team of 2 or more people and are expected to conduct a related
local training and/or project by September 30, 2007.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Workshop Session A – Part 1
                 Advocacy is simply telling a compelling story to anyone in a public policy-making role in an
                 effort to gain support for an issue. Find out how to mobilize your key stakeholders to tell your
                 story.
Break
2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Workshop Session B – Part 2
                 Continue with this double session and find out how this connects to the Wisconsin Afterschool
                 Network and county 4-H Afterschool Programs.

4:15 – 6:00 p.m. Reception and Social Hour along with a WAN Display and partnership building activity

March 3, 2007 the Wisconsin Afterschool Association Conference continues with 24 more workshops on Sat.

DRAFT - Building Partners and Advocates for Afterschool Programs
Spring 2007 Regional Train the Trainer Workshop Sample Agendas [to be held in SE, SW, NE & NW areas
of the state]

9:30-10:00 a.m. Registration & Get Acquainted Mixers
                Participants set up Gallery Walk Posters & add resources to the Sharing Table
                Continental Breakfast [Beverages, rolls & fruit]
10:00 a.m.      Welcome & Overview of the Day [Site hosts & trainers]
10:15 a.m.      Advocacy: Telling the Afterschool Story – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Staff &
                WAN Master Trainers
11:30 a.m.      Lunch
12:15 p.m.      Gallery Walk of Programs (Time to visit Display Boards and Resource Table)
1:00 p.m.       Building Partners for Afterschool Programs – Kathi Vos and/or WAN Master Trainers
2:15 p.m.       Next Steps – Follow up Training and Support
                      WAN Website
                      WAN D2L Password Protected Online Discussions
                      May 2007, a 2 hour Wisline Web to discuss local training plans
                      Phone Conferences and individual consultations as needed with local trainers
2:30 p.m.       Celebrate Success and Adjourn




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                                 Wisconsin Afterschool Network (WAN)
                               Guiding Principles for Afterschool Programs

Below are the critical components of a high-quality afterschool program in Wisconsin. These guiding
principles are all equally important and interdependent.

    Strong management and organization. The program management develops positive two-way communication
     with staff, children and youth, families and the community; strives for low staff-to-child ratios; provides
     ongoing support, professional development and career ladder opportunities for staff; and implements systems
     that promote individual, family and cultural identity as the foundation of learning and development for children
     and youth.

    Strong partnerships with children and youth, families, schools and communities. Staff at all levels work
     with community partners to coordinate resources and create opportunities based on community needs.
     Whenever possible, resources are shared across partners to achieve community goals. Staff provide important
     information to families and facilitate connections to needed community services and supports. Staff engage in
     two-way communication with partners and actively involve partners in decision-making, programming and
     events.

    A knowledgeable, experienced, diverse staff who represent the community they serve. Staff at all levels
     understand and apply concepts of child development, foster positive relationships with children and youth, and
     recognize and accommodate individual needs of children and youth. Staff seek opportunities for professional
     development and continuous improvement of their programs.

    A safe, healthy, nurturing and engaging environment for children and youth. Program space is safe, clean
     and designed with the educational significance of physical space in mind. Classroom areas are welcoming and
     arranged to support learning, promote positive interactions and encourage independence. The physical health of
     children and youth is a priority, including nutrition and physical activity as appropriate. A code of conduct is
     maintained and communicated to staff, children and families. Reasonable accommodations are made for
     inclusion of all children and youth.

    Positive human relationships and interactions among staff, children and youth, families and
     communities. Staff at all levels demonstrate respect for one another and model healthy adult relationships,
     while teaching children and youth to interact positively with one another and make responsible choices. Staff
     establish relationships with families in a comfortable, respectful, welcoming way. Staff demonstrate their value
     for the culture and language of children and youth, their families and communities.

    Deliberate and dynamic programming that responds to community needs and addresses the interests and
     needs of children and youth. Developmentally appropriate, child-centered activities and current resources
     inspire learning, promote active engagement and complement school-day activities. Staff at all levels adapt
     research-based concepts and activities whenever possible. The programming has a clear structure, but provides
     opportunities for children and youth to make choices about their experience.

    Systems for evaluation and continuous improvement. Staff at all levels develop and implement plans for
     evaluating the program’s effectiveness, the results of which are both used to guide program improvement and
     communicated to key stakeholders on a regular basis. Evaluation may include assessment of participants’
     educational, social, and emotional growth and development. Authentic evaluation systems allow all
     participants (staff, children and youth, families and community partners) to assess the program’s effectiveness.




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                                          Sources for WAN Guiding Principles

Continuous Improvement Process for Afterschool (National Community Education Association)

Critical Work Function Assessment Tool (Washington Afterschool Network)

High/Scope Youth Program Quality Assessment (High/Scope)

The NAA Standards for Quality School-Age Care (The National AfterSchool Association)

Pathways to Success for Youth: What Counts in After-School. Intercultural Center for Research in Education and
National Institute on Out-of-School Time, 2005

Program Observation Tool (Washington Afterschool Network)

Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool (New York State Afterschool Network)

Self-Assessment and Planning for Quality (North Carolina Afterschool Network.)

The School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute)

School-Age Standards (YouthNet of Greater Kansas City)

Shared Features of High-Performing After-School Programs: A Follow-Up to the TASC Evaluation. Policy Studies
Associates, November 2005

Standards for Quality School-Age Child Care (National Association of Elementary School Principals in
collaboration with the Wellesley College School-Age Child Care Project)




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         WI 4-H MetLife Grant Bibliography

         Massachusetts After-School Research Study, (MARS) Brief Report. (August 2005). Boston, MA:
         National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley Centers for Woman, Wellesley College and
         Intercultural Center for Research in Educations (INCRE).

         Understanding the Afterschool Workforce: Opportunities and Challenges for an Emerging
         Profession. (August 2006). Houston, TX: National Afterschool Association for Cornerstones for
         Kids.

         Putting Youth Work on the Map: Key Findings and Implications from Two Major Workforce
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