–By Sam Piha and Rozel Cruz
Over the last two decades, we have seen an extraordinary increase in public and private investments in afterschool and summer programs. As these investments and the number of afterschool and summer programs grew, there was an increased demand that programs provide a consistent level of quality. As a result, many afterschool and summer researchers and organizations developed tools that helped programs define and guide program quality. (Afterschool and summer programs are also referred to as expanded learning programs and out-of-school time programs).
The objectives of this paper are to 1) introduce afterschool and summer program stakeholders to both the LIAS principles and the CA Quality Standards; 2) offer a comparison as to how the LIAS principles correspond to the CA Quality Standards; and 3) how both speak to the quality equation. Read the Paper