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Forum for Youth Investment, 2021
The Social and Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment (SEL PQA) is an efficient and effective, research-validated observational tool for assessing adult youth leader practices that support social and emotional learning. Intended to be used for programs serving young people in grades K-12, the instrument builds on the research-validated…
Descriptors: Social Emotional Learning, Measures (Individuals), Observation, Test Reliability
Forum for Youth Investment, 2021
From 2013 to 2016, the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) partnered to design and test the Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention (SLPQI). The Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment, which defines quality as the presence of identified practices that benefit young people, was…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Program Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains
Borah, Poonam; Conn, Michael; Pittman, Karen – Forum for Youth Investment, 2019
"Preparing Children to Thrive: Standards for Social and Emotional Learning Practices in School-Age Settings" is designed to help organizational and program leaders see clearly what social and emotional learning (SEL) among children (ages 5-13) would look like and feel like in real program settings, and to draw attention to promising…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Emotional Response, Self Control
Little, Priscilla M.; Jahromi, Laura – Forum for Youth Investment, 2019
The Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA) is a community collaborative whose mission is to increase access to and participation in quality afterschool programs to keep Denver's youth safe, inspire them to learn and prepare them for the future. It represents a collaboration of many stakeholders, including the City and County of Denver, many…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Access to Education
Gaines, Elizabeth; Allen, Olivia; Patel, Neeja; Logan, Natalie – Forum for Youth Investment, 2017
Effective, coordinated state-level systems to support the most vulnerable children and youth have never been more important, as responsibilities increasingly devolve from the federal government to the states. This report is a snapshot of the national landscape of child and youth policy coordinating bodies. It is a source of inspiration to continue…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Surveys, Partnerships in Education, Children
Smith, Charles; Roy, Leanne; Peck, Steve; McGovern, Gina; Helegda, Katharine – Forum for Youth Investment, 2017
This paper describes validity of quality improvement system (QIS) performance measures and longitudinal change over four years in Oklahoma 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) programs. In general, our findings indicate that the Oklahoma Afterschool Improvement Process is performing in accordance with its purposes: using accurate…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Educational Improvement, Program Effectiveness, Educational Quality
Gaines, Elizabeth; McNary, Lacey – Forum for Youth Investment, 2016
Child and youth coordinating bodies are systematically changing the fragmented ways that state and local governments do business for children and youth. Sometimes known as councils or commissions, children's cabinets are typically made up of the heads of all government agencies with child- and youth-serving programs. They meet regularly to…
Descriptors: Geographic Location, State Policy, Partnerships in Education, Goal Orientation
Smith, Charles; McGovern, Gina; Peck, Stephen C.; Larson, Reed; Hillaker, Barbara; Roy, Leanne – Forum for Youth Investment, 2016
The Social and Emotional Learning Challenge was designed to identify promising practices for building skills in six areas: emotion management, empathy, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, and problem solving. The Challenge was a partnership between expert practitioners delivering exemplary programs in eight unique communities, a team of…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Emotional Response, Self Control
Krauss, Stephanie Malia; Pittman, Karen J.; Johnson, Caitlin – Forum for Youth Investment, 2016
In the United States, there is a growing sense of urgency and attention to the issues of equity and youth well-being. As a nation, we devote significant expertise and resources to addressing disparities and closing gaps among groups of young people, yet our progress has been slow, in no small part because our best efforts remain deeply fragmented.…
Descriptors: Readiness, Youth, Skill Development, Ability
Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
In 2010, the Alexandria City Council of Virginia created the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission (CYFCC, or the Commission) with the support of the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). Establishing the Commission was a groundbreaking step toward addressing the needs of Alexandria's children in a more holistic manner. The…
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Master Plans, Resource Allocation, Child Development
Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
With so many different types of support needed to help meet the diverse needs of young people, no one person, institution, or organization can provide everything that parents rely upon to help children and youth succeed. Numerous organizations need to play various roles, and must do so in a coordinated fashion, in order to meet the needs of…
Descriptors: Youth, Public Policy, State Policy, Local Government
Wilson-Ahlstrom, Alicia; Yohalem, Nicole; DuBois, David; Ji, Peter; Hillaker, Barbara; Weikart, David P. – Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
Everyone who runs a youth program believes in their hearts that their program helps kids, but in their heads, they know they need convincing data to prove it. This guide--updated from 2011--is here to help them get the data they need. The guide addresses a common problem throughout the youth field: Out-of-school time (OST) programs can help youth…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Outcome Measures, After School Programs, Program Effectiveness
Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
This report shares stories from around the country about community and state leaders working to strengthen partnerships, practices, and policies--all to improve the odds for youth. Stories in this report include: (1) Using new data to spark public conversations about youth issues in Indianola, MS; (2) Leaders building a children and youth master…
Descriptors: Student Improvement, Summer Programs, Federal Aid, Youth
Moreno, Jenny Bonilla; Gaines, Elizabeth; Evennou, Danielle – Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
This report is intended to help governors, legislators, department secretaries, and advocates find information on ways to strengthen the structure and function of their existing cabinets, or create a new cabinet. The survey in this report is the nation's only survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies. The biennial survey assesses…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Surveys, State Agencies, Children
Smith, Charles; McGovern, Gina – Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
This brief describes a model for a generic theory of change that highlights the relationship between the qualities of youth experience in out-of-school time (OST) programs. This model bears the acronym QuEST from the sequence: quality (Qu), engagement (E), skills (S), and transfer (T), The QuEST theory of change requires program providers to think…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Experience, Educational Quality, Skill Development
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