For young people, learning never stops. Once the school bell rings, afterschool programs step in to expand educational opportunities for all youth—particularly those in underserved and underresourced communities.
Through funding from the Mott Foundation, AIR supports The 50 State Afterschool Network, as part of the Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative (ATAC). AIR supports afterschool network leads, their staff, and ultimately the programs in their states on topics related to afterschool quality.
The resources on this page relate to statewide afterschool quality systems, including quality standards, staff supports, and other tools.
Path to Quality
The Path to Quality resource portal provides afterschool networks with step-by-step guidance to help develop quality afterschool systems, programs, and staff. Included in the portal are examples from statewide networks, references to relevant research, and a wide variety of best practices.
- Quality Standards: Learn how to plan, design, disseminate, and refine statewide afterschool standards.
- Staff Supports: A four-tiered approach, aligned to the Quality Standards, that can be used to further the development of a statewide system for afterschool practitioners.
- Resources and Tools: A central and accessible hub aligned to the Quality Standards.
We would love to post your examples and resources on this Path to Quality website. Please e-mail us with your documents to share.
50 State Afterschool Networks: Landscape of Quality (PDF): The AIR team conducted a scan of the 50 afterschool networks related to quality standards, assessment tools, core competences for afterschool program staff, credential systems, and quality rating and improvement systems. The Scan contains links to websites and electronic documents where applicable.
Mott Foundation 50 State Afterschool Network (Website): Mott's 50 State Afterschool Network's website offers state profiles, most of which contain a link to the state network website where you can review the quality standards that are in use.
State Quality Standards Profiles: The AIR team worked with network leads to compile profiles of various states’ quality standards planning and design processes. Profiles include contact information for network leads.