In order to increase the number of quality after-school programs available to young people, Every Hour Counts intermediary partners are building systems of support in their cities that help shape and strengthen the complex relationships between after-school programs, public schools, community organizations, policymakers, and funders. They offer training and technical assistance to programs and help to manage evaluations of student outcomes. At the same time, Every Hour Counts partners maintain their focus on the child and community, and a commitment to continuous quality improvement and cost efficiency, as they build systems that can serve children and youth on a citywide scale.
This policy commentary by the Forum for Youth Investment highlights the work of TASC and its partners in the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS) to develop and adopt common youth-, program- and system-level measures that are easy and cost-effective for local systems to implement.
The Collaborative (CBASS) published this report to document the critical role intermediaries play in the development of after-school systems in their cities. This report shows how intermediaries have helped increase the quality, sustainability, and availability of after-school and offers a vision for public policy change to support the continued growth of after-school.