Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative Focused on Out-of-School-Time Services for Youth

    • March 18, 2011

The Ready by 21 Quality Counts Initiative, which operated from 2007 to 2010, helped communities improve the quality and reach of their out-of-school-time services for youth. Through this project, the Forum for Youth Investment and its partners developed and shared a coordinated package of tools and technical assistance to improve capacity and leadership at networks of community programs guided by 12 lead organizations.

Program collaborators were HighScope Educational Research Foundation and the National Training Institute for Community Youth Work.

As of December 2010, 32 community networks involving a total of more than 2,000 youth programs were applying at least some of the quality improvement methods piloted in this project.

Key Results

  • Sixteen communities at 12 project sites successfully piloted quality improvement strategies in their out-of-school-time youth services. All sites worked on coordinated action in four target areas—information gathering, big-picture planning, program quality and building a strong workforce.
  • The initiative cultivated new skills among program managers and contributed to shifts in the way the out-of-school-time field thinks about accountability.