Oregon’s Afterschool and Summer Program Quality Framework
OregonASK recognizes the crucial link between what children and youth experience in afterschool programs and the skills and knowledge of the program staff who work with them. To assist in improving the overall quality of afterschool programs in Oregon, OregonASK and its partners are creating ways to develop and support the professional development infrastructure by:
* Ensuring that afterschool is recognized and supported on state level professional development committees.
* Encouraging and facilitating the development of systems of training.
* Supporting professional development by identifying and supporting trainers.
* Providing technical assistance and resources.
* Educating afterschool professionals using Oregon’s Core Competencies which can lead to an School-Age Credential through our partners at the Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD).
OregonASK believes that quality afterschool programs are committed to providing each child and youth with a enriching experience that enhances their growth and learning opportunities. OregonASK, as a collaboration, has newly revised the Oregon Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs, as well as Core Competencies. The intention of these documents are to guide programs and professionals in assessing their own level of quality, to assist policy makers in recognizing and supporting quality improvement efforts, and to enhance the overall development and enrichment of children and youth in Oregon.
Current Training & Curricula Brochure
QRIS for Multi-Site Programs
In 2015-2016, OregonASK assisted the YMCA of Columbia Willamette’s School Age Only programs in putting together a multi-site portfolio for Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). This streamlined portfolio system offered by The Research Institute (TRI) helps programs that have many sites create one master portfolio for all the things that are agency-wide like policies and business practices. The following portfolios only need to include site specific information like staff training and education, site photos, and family survey scores. OregonASK is pleased to have played a part in this streamlined process and we think it will make it easier for many school age programs to participate in QRIS.
OregonASK’s Quality Improvement Specialist for QRIS, Susan Hamann, is excited about helping more school age only programs find their way in QRIS. Several programs have reached out to her to help get them started. While we acknowledge that QRIS is more representative of an early childhood program, it can work for school age programs, too! Do you want help with QRIS for your school age program? Contact Susan at email@example.com
Excellence in Expanded Learning Award
OregonASK is proud to award our Excellence in Expanded Learning Award to honor the teachers, directors, and staff whose dedication supports the quality of experience in the field of expanded learning for kids. We will be reaching out to recognize some of the individuals out there making a difference for youth and families in your community. Each awardee receives a $50.00 gift from OregonASK and free registration for next year’s Oregon Afterschool Conference. If you would like to nominate someone, please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terri Fackrell is not only dedicated to helping engage youth and families in her community through the great outdoors, she has also been a long time partner of OregonASK Expanded Learning Partnership. Terri has represented the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association on the Partner committee for 10 years!! We know it is easy to get caught up in the continuous ‘fires’ that arise from everyday programming, but we would like to recognize Terri for her commitment to the Network and the field of afterschool as a whole – Thank You Terri!
Bridget Wallace is the Site Coordinator at the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Ash Creek Elementary in Independence, Oregon. She has worked in the program for just two years and is running a very high quality program for the children and families at her school. The program at Ash Creek serves 60 students every session. It our pleasure to recognize Bridget for Excellence in Expanded Learning. Click Here to read more.
Colin Crane-Smith, Lead Teacher for Airway Science for Kids, Inc. was our first recipient of this OregonASK Excellence In Expanded Learning Award! Click Here to read more.