ERIC Number: ED508148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Evidence of Program Quality and Youth Outcomes in the DYCD Out-of-School Time Initiative: Report on the Initiative's First Three Years. Executive Summary
Russell, Christina A.; Mielke, Monia B.; Reisner, Elizabeth R.
Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
In September 2005, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) launched the Out-of-School Time Programs for Youth (OST) initiative to provide young people throughout New York City with access to high-quality programming after school, on holidays, and during the summer at no cost to their families. Working closely with the nonprofit community and with ten City agencies, including the Department of Education (DOE), DYCD created a comprehensive public system of out-of-school time programming. Each OST program is operated by a nonprofit organization and is located in a school, community center, settlement house, religious center, cultural organization, library, or a public housing or Parks facility. DYCD contracted with Policy Studies Associates (PSA) to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the OST initiative. PSA designed the evaluation to describe the characteristics of OST programs and participants and to assess the initiative's contribution to the growth and development of New York City youth. In addition to providing descriptive information on the initiative and its participants, the third-year report explores the associations among program quality, patterns of youth participation, and youth outcomes, using known features of high-quality programs as identified through previous research. The OST initiative grew over its first three years to serve increasingly large numbers of youth each year. This paper discusses the youth outcomes of this initiative. [This report was prepared for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and The Wallace Foundation. For the full report, "Evidence of Program Quality and Youth Outcomes in the DYCD Out-of-School Time Initiative: Report on the Initiative's First Three Years", see ED508144.]
Descriptors: After School Programs, Program Implementation, Youth Programs, Agency Cooperation, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Educational Quality, Outcomes of Education, Student Participation, Social Development, Academic Achievement, Surveys, Observation, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Enrichment Activities, Recreational Activities, Parent Participation, Enrollment Trends, Student Characteristics, Skill Development, Peer Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Professional Development, Family School Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc.