American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 447–452

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

Authors

    • Program in Human Development and Social PolicyNorthwestern University
  • Megan A. Mekinda
    • Program in Human Development and Social PolicyNorthwestern University
  • JulieAnn Stawicki
    • Program in Human Development and Social PolicyNorthwestern University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10464-010-9310-4

Cite this article as:
Hirsch, B.J., Mekinda, M.A. & Stawicki, J. Am J Community Psychol (2010) 45: 447. doi:10.1007/s10464-010-9310-4

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Program qualityProgram implementationAfter-schoolStaff trainingAttendance

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© Society for Community Research and Action 2010