Oklahoma State University Bureau for Social Research
The study focused on data from parents about afterschool programs within four core subject areas: current programs Oklahoma families most use; types of programs used over the past summer; barriers families experience in finding and keeping afterschool arrangements; and perceptions of how school-age children spend afterschool time.
Oklahoma Afterschool Network and The Finance Project
To better understand existing funding for afterschool programs, OKAN conducted a comprehensive review of federal and state government spending. This analysis sheds light on the availability and inadequacies of
resources in the state.
21st Century Community Learning Center STEM Survey
Oklahoma Afterschool Network
The survey took a qualitative and quantitative look at 21st CCLC educators in the STEM environment. The purpose of the survey was to determine their confidence in teaching STEM and assess the challenges they face in obtaining curriculum, resources and support.
Tulsa Community College,Office of Planning and Institutional Research
The survey included licensed child centers and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, as well as community-based and faith-based programs. It targeted program directors with qualitative questions followed by focus groups. The survey assesses challenges and barriers program staff faces and identifies areas of needed change and policy modification.
Afterschool Quality Program Standards: A National Compilation, Oklahoma Afterschool Network
This comprehensive review compiled the quality standards, sometimes called guidelines or frameworks, of statewide afterschool networks across the United States and the assessment tools they use. OKAN developed matrixes to compare the documents and assessment tools for presentation to Oklahoma’s Afterschool Quality Standards Task Force.
OAQS Task Force
For the standards to reflect Oklahoma’s needs and work for a diverse array of programs, we needed a talented and collaborative team. OKAN brought together 35 people — program providers, educators, policymakers, staff and other stakeholders — to design a document custom fit to our state. Task force members met over four months, both as an entire group and in subject-area teams, to discuss, write and review best practices in afterschool programs. Their expertise and guidance make us confident we have provided a clear outline of what High Quality afterschool programs should look like in Oklahoma.
Debbie Medley, Coordinator, Before/After Care Program, Tulsa Public Schools
Jane Sutter, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County
Katie Fitzerald, Executive Director, Center for Children and Families
Shannon Evers, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma
Sonia Johnson, State Director, 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Workforce and College Readiness
Cindi Albrightson, Department of Engineering Technology, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Pat Thompson, Curriculum Coordinator, Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom
Leah Thompson, Director of Future Health Scientist Partnership Program,
The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Mary Alice Ahlgren, Program Director, Camp Fire Green Country
Regina Clear, Workforce Programs Manager, Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Jackie Foos, Engineering Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, The University of Oklahoma
Catherine Carter, Museum Educator, Sam Noble Oklahoma Natural History Museum
Diane Murphree, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Norman
Beverly Woodrome, Director, David & Molly Boren Mentoring Initiatives, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Stacy Henson, Parental/Community Involvement Coordinator, Seminole State College
Jan Creveling, Interim Assistant Director, Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative
Health and Wellness
Melissa Baker, Director of Communications/Girls on the Run, YWCA of Greater Tulsa
Devin Schroeder, Food for Kids/Kids Café Program Coordinator, Oklahoma Regional Food Bank
Ericka Williams, CATCH Kids Club Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Laura Matlock, School Wellness Systems Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Sharon Howard, HSIG Program Manager, Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust
Candace Macedo, Communities of Excellence in Nutrition and Fitness State Program Coordinator,
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Ricki Wimmer, Executive Director, YMCA of Greater Tulsa
Summer Knox, Program Director, YMCA of Greater Tulsa
Positive Youth Development
Mallory Trumbore, Community School Coordinator, Briarglen Elementary (Union Public Schools)
Julie Robinson, Executive Director, Studio 222, St. Luke’s Church
Rodney Gray, Program Director, Youth at Heart
Sheri Carpenter, Coordinator, Mark Twain Elementary, Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative
Jennifer Anderson, Social Services Director, Bridges of Norman
Amy Wright, After School Programs Director, Putnam City Schools
Nichole Dewberry, Programs Field Representative,
Oklahoma Department of Human Services-Child Care Services
Oklahoma Afterschool Network Staff
Sheryl Lovelady, Executive Director
Cedric Currin Moore, Director of STEM Initiatives
Kathryn Jenson White, Technical Writer
Peju Faboro, Quality Coordinator
The standards are designed for use in conjunction with an assessment tool. Assessment helps in planning and implementing effective programming; ensuring safe, nurturing environments; hiring qualified staff and providing professional development; using time and resources efficiently; and a myriad of other ways. Using these standards and assessing programs are keys to achieving continuous quality improvement and sustaining high outcomes for youth participants. The Oklahoma Afterschool Quality Standards pilot programs use the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool.
A diverse group of program sites piloted the standards in fall 2013 and spring 2014. Their feedback on the standards and their role in the assessment process guided the final publication of our work.