Oklahoma Afterschool Quality Standards
A statewide collaborative project to help improve and expand quality afterschool programs in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Afterschool Quality Standards are the result of a collaborative effort to support all programs serving school-age children and youth during their out-of-school hours. Because afterschool professionals from around the state developed these standards based on solid national research, providers can feel confident that following them will result in high quality programs, funders can know they are supporting organizations with the highest impact possible and parents can be assured that their children are in safe, nurturing environments focused on providing expanded educational opportunities and guidance in healthy lifestyle choices.
We know that children and youth who spend their out-of-school hours in safe and nurturing learning environments are at significantly less risk for truancy, emotional stress, poor grades, substance use, sexual activity, and crime.
The standards provide:
• guidance for programs to assess their strengths and identify opportunities for improvement
• a roadmap for parents and youth to recognize quality after-school programs
• a set of guidelines to ensure funders are supporting quality services with measurable outcomes
The standards were developed with the input and expertise of statewide thought leaders in the field of youth development. Our partners include representatives from public and private schools, community organizations, foundations, government, industries and business.
As part of our efforts to improve the quality of afterschool programs in our state, the Oklahoma Afterschool Network is introducing the High Quality stamp for programs implementing the Oklahoma Afterschool Quality Standards (OAQS), have formal curriculum aligned with academic standards, utilize assessment and measurement tools and whose staff meet core competencies. The stamp sends a strong message to parents and the community about a program’s commitment to high quality and to continuous improvement. Learn more about becoming a High Quality Program.