ERIC Number: ED469674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
School-Age Care Tool Kit: A Guide for Measuring the Needs in Your Community.
Children's Action Alliance, Phoenix, AZ.
Noting that the need for after-school child care will vary considerably by community, this tool kit has been developed to encourage local collaborations of community members to examine the needs and programs for school-age care, with this term including child care before school and during the summer, in their community. The guide provides a step-by-step plan to measure the need for after-school care and the existing programs in a community. The guide is organized in five areas: (1) creating local collaborations, describing why collaborations are important, suggesting potential partners, and suggesting ways to create and maintain successful collaborations; (2) measuring need, describing how to identify key questions, design a parent survey, create a distribution plan, and develop ways to obtain a good survey response rate; (3) measuring community programs, providing suggestions for identifying possible information sources and for gathering information; (4) understanding and summarizing results, providing suggestions for structuring a report that identifies community after-school care needs; and (5) developing action strategies, discussing "fill-the-gap" and outreach strategies. Throughout the guide are boxes highlighting samples of items from the appended instruments and suggestions for making the needs assessment easier. The guide's appendices include sample materials, a list of parks and recreation programs for children, and a list of Boys and Girls Clubs in Arizona. (KB)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Agency Cooperation, Children, Community Action, Community Programs, Community Resources, Elementary Education, Needs Assessment, School Age Child Care
Children's Action Alliance, 4001 North Third Street, Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Tel: 602-266-0707; Fax: 602-263-8792; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.azchildren.org. For full text: http://www.azchildren.org/caa/_mainpages/publications/_as_toolkit_.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Children's Action Alliance, Phoenix, AZ.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona