A new report highlights the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality's Youth Program Quality Intervention model and summarizes the initial findings from the ongoing evaluation of the K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Among those findings was the following:
"The Initiative is strengthening the out-of-school time system in Oregon by building awareness and supporting alignment of funders, developing robust professional development resources and disseminating lessons learned. In particular, foundation staff commitment to openness about lessons learned and leadership in bringing other funders together for important conversations about how to better support OST providers in Oregon have resulted in alignment of supports for OST providers, including expanding use of the Youth Program Quality Intervention and Assessment framework and tools."
The initiative, funded by The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation, aims to support and improve student success, particularly for those students who face gaps in opportunity and achievement. Twenty-one organizations throughout Oregon received funding between 2013 and 2016 to support out-of-school time programming for middle school students of color, students living in rural communities and/or students from low-income families. The Initiative also includes a robust learning community focused on program quality improvement as well as efforts to strengthen the out-of-school time field in Oregon more broadly.