Came across a couple articles lately discussing quality after school programs. I am so glad that I am working for an organization that believes in best practice and is making sure we are adhering to methods that are proven to be effective.
The following articles are great - no mysterious mumbo-jumbo, just very clear steps and elements in quality after school programs:
Ed Week has a great article that spells out the recipe for a successful after school program, I cannot agree more with the points Nora Fleming clearly describes, including the need for parent engagement.
Harvard Family Research Project provide great insight on the elements that bring quality to a middle school specific after school program.
Both are great and worthy reads for anyone interested in the after school world. I am proud of the elements we are already enforcing in our program, and have already made goals, inspired by these articles, on some next steps for our program.