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As a result of Prime Time’s work with OST programs in Palm Beach County, programs significantly improve in quality from year to year. Programs that have participated in the QIS for many years demonstrate higher overall quality than programs newer to the system. In the 2013-2014 quality improvement cycle, overall program quality was highest among those that had been in the QIS the longest, while new programs just beginning their work in the QIS scored lowest on quality. Notably, programs showed dramatic improvements on areas of quality that they chose as a focus in 2012 and 2013. Specifically, programs: • Encouraged youth by asking more open-ended questions • Fostered more cooperative group interactions • Offered youth more choices • Gave youth more opportunities to reflect • Enabled more youth to experience structured opportunities to lead and facilitate activities Note: The results presented in this report are based on a quality assessment tool that experienced significant revisions before assessors observed programs during the 2013-2014 quality improvement cycle. Programs achieving the same level of quality in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 nevertheless received a lower score on the tool in 2013-2014 due to these revisions.

The Best They Can Be 2013-2014 Annual Quality Improvement Report for Out-of-School Time Programs in Palm Beach County Lisa...
CONTENTS Summary ....................................................................................................... 1...
VI. High Expectations for Youth and Staff.......................................................................... 15 VII...
   Prime Time wrote the book on quality.        Out-of-school time practitioner The mission of Prime Time Palm Beach Count...
Notably, programs showed dramatic improvements on areas of quality that they chose as a focus in 2012 and 2013. Specifical...
Palm Beach County Quality Standards STANDARD ONE  Solid Organizational Framework The OST program is structured and organiz...
II. III. IV.  Supportive Environment Interaction Engagement  Form B  Quality of the Organizational Structure and Family In...
performing programs. The new version also reflected changes made to the Youth PQA tool developed by the Weikart Center  CY...
Participation Linked to Quality Programs that have participated in the QIS for many years are better equipped to serve the...
more experienced, or established  and quality improvement cycle  2012-2013 or 2013-2014  as predictor variables, F 8,220  ...
than 4.5 on any of the five scales in this domain. Programs score this high on this domain every year. The vast majority o...
II. Supportive Environment All programs in the QIS provide a welcoming atmosphere for youth  scale F , ensure that their s...
management skills, which have a huge impact on quality. Average scores on this scale are high for all programs in the QIS ...
III. Interaction High-quality interactions between staff and youth as well as youth and their peers enable youth to experi...
N. Youth have opportunities to participate in cooperative groups. Participation in cooperative groups involves more than g...
Figure 4. Average PBC-PQA scores for each scale in domain IV by number of years programs have participated in the QIS. Bas...
enabled community service programs to achieve substantial benefits for youth, whereas programs lacking time for reflection...
VI. High Expectations for Youth and Staff Assessors also explore each program   s expectations for youth and staff. Assess...
VII. Organizational Management Programs are assessed on their business practices  scale F , the effectiveness of their org...
VIII. Family The last domain on the PBC-PQA examines family involvement. As part of their interview, programs are assessed...
quality as focal points for improvement. Between the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 quality improvement cycles, programs made sig...
Programs Fostered More Cooperative Group Interactions Thirty-three programs focused on giving youth more opportunities to ...
Programs Helped More Youth Reflect Seventeen programs focused on giving youth more opportunities to reflect on what they a...
Youth Need More Opportunities to Make Plans Programs are encouraged to continue striving to create opportunities for youth...
Figure 2. Number of QIS programs in regions by percent of youth receiving free or reduced-price lunch.  More QIS programs ...
CONCLUSION Prime Time launched the Palm Beach County Quality Improvement System in 2007. Since then, OST programs across t...
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY Afterschool Alliance  2005 . Afterschool Programs  A Wise Public Investment. Afterschool Alert. Iss...
A meta-analysis of 73 OST programs found that social-emotional learning leads to positive outcomes for youth. Youth experi...
aspirations for graduation and postsecondary education, and reduced high school dropout rates. Huang, D.   Dietel, R.  201...
Little, P. M. D., Wimer, C.,   Weiss, H. B.  2008 . Afterschool programs in the 21st Century  Their potential and what it ...
Roth, J. L., Malone, L. M.,   Brooks-Gunn, J.  2010 . Does the amount of participation in afterschool programs relate to d...
Vandell, D., Reisner, E.,   Pierce, K.  2007 . Outcomes linked to high-quality afterschool programs  Longitudinal finding ...
APPENDIX  DOMAIN AND SCALE SCORES Table 1. Scores for each domain and scale on Form A.  N   121  Domain and Scale  Mean  S...
Q. Youth have opportunities to develop positive peer relationships.  4.79  0.41  3.00  5.00  IV. Engagement  2.81  0.82  1...
Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. receives significant funding from the Children   s Services Council of Palm Beach Count...