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Every Hour Counts intermediaries support programs serving 240,000 children and youth each year. Their collective accomplishments and experience as practitioners creates a platform for policy work that can influence the national field.

The Every Hour Counts strategy for policy change blends advocacy, practice and technical assistance. Every Hour Counts:

  • Makes the case to policymakers of the value of after-school in supporting children and youth and the essential role of intermediaries in building after-school systems.
  • Defines the policy challenges after-school intermediaries must address to increase the quality, availability and impact of after-school in their cities and beyond.
  • Convenes taskforce meetings of leading stakeholders around each policy challenge and formulates recommendations.
  • Uses taskforce recommendations to design and pilot replicable models in CBASS cities
  • Provides targeted technical assistance to support other jurisdictions in their after-school systems building efforts.

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary: Speaking in One Voice

10 Nov 2008, Forum for Youth Investment

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.

Shaping the Future of After-School

25 Sep 2007, Collaborative for Building After-School Systems

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.

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