, Volume 45, Issue 3-4, pp 447-452
Date: 19 Mar 2010

More Than Attendance: The Importance of After-School Program Quality

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A central theme of the articles featured in this issue is the need to improve the quality of after-school programs. In this commentary, we discuss why student engagement, program characteristics and implementation, staff training, and citywide policy are key considerations in the effort to define and achieve high quality programs for youth.