Accountability for After-School Care: Devising Standards and Measuring Adherence to Them

Accountability for After-School Care: Devising Standards and Measuring Adherence to Them

Accountability for After-School Care: Devising Standards and Measuring Adherence to Them

Accountability for After-School Care: Devising Standards and Measuring Adherence to Them

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Rand was asked by Stone Soup Child Care Programs to assess the adherence of its California programs to a set of research-based best practices for after-school care. Toward this end, RAND comprehensively reviewed the literature on after-school programs and derived a set of 18 practices associated with quality of care. We then developed a protocol to measure the extent to which the Stone Soup programs were following these practices, and we applied this protocol to ten randomly selected school campuses with Stone Soup afterschool programs.

This report, sponsored by Stone Soup Child Care Programs, RAND's Child Policy Project, and the Promising Practices Network, describes the full project, including the literature review, derivation of practices, and practice-scoring protocols. A companion report, Measuring Stone Soup's Adherence to After-School Care Practices (MR-1412.0SSCCP), summarizes the results of the application as delivered to Stone Soup officials on May 21,2001.

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