ERIC Number: ED449547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
After-School Programs & the K-8 Principal: Standards for Quality School-Age Child Care. Revised Edition.
National Association of Elementary School Principals, Reston, VA.
This publication for principals about after-school programs provides practical assistance with guidelines for administration, resources for information, collaboration, and funding, along with evaluation checklists. Drawing increasing government attention, after-school programs are overwhelmingly popular with the public as a means to reduce juvenile crime, provide quality childcare, and improve academic achievement. Programs should avoid overburdening schools by collaborating with the entire community and including parents, social-service agencies, public facilities, and governments. Programs should be comprehensive, combining educational, enrichment, and cultural or recreational learning activities. Principals should lead staff in using schools as catalysts for after-school programs, drawing on community links, facilitating transportation, providing space, promoting professional development, and establishing standards. Quality school-based programs promote community involvement, offer high-quality programming for all students, ensure safety, are adequately funded, and are sensitive to children's development. Because some children prefer a more home-like experience, schools should cooperate and communicate with parents regarding quality community-based programs and offer supportive transportation polices. Appendix A provides a checklist of quality indicators (12 pages). Appendix B is a planning guide (5 pages). Appendix C lists 36 National School-Age Alliance standards for human relationships, indoor and outdoor environments, safety, health and nutrition, and administration. Appendix D contains tables of the California Department of Education Indicators and Measures of Desired Results. (Contains 46 references, 99 organizational contacts, and 27 Web sites.) (TEJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, After School Education, After School Programs, Crime Prevention, Day Care Effects, Elementary Education, Enrichment Activities, Popularity, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Age Day Care, School Community Relationship, Standards, Transportation
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Reston, VA.