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

  • Barton J. Hirsch
  • Megan A. Mekinda
  • JulieAnn Stawicki
Original Paper


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.


Program quality Program implementation After-school Staff training Attendance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barton J. Hirsch
    • 1
  • Megan A. Mekinda
    • 1
  • JulieAnn Stawicki
    • 1
  1. 1.Program in Human Development and Social PolicyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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