#6. Organizational Management, Staff Support & Youth Safety
Programs should be safe and stable. They should be part of a sustainable, well-run organization that values high-quality staff and supports them through professional development and training. Research shows that programs must have this sturdy infrastructure in order to positively impact youth success.
- Collins, A., & Metz, A. J. R. (2009). How program administrators can support out-of-school time staff. Child Trends, Publication No. 2009-32. This brief reviews the research on the impact of effective program managers on the quality of afterschool programs, and links these findings to strategies for effective program management practices.
- Fiscal Management Associates, LLC. (n.d). Administrative management capacity in out-of-school time organizations: An exploratory study. Retrieved from The Wallace Foundation website. This report aims to identify the most critical management capacity needs faced by organizations providing afterschool programs, and which investments could help meet those organizational capacity challenges.
- Khashu, A., & Dougherty, N. L. (2007, June). Staffing practices of high-quality after-school programs. Retrieved from The After-School Corporation - Cornerstones for Kids website. This report examines staffing and organizational practices at high-performing afterschool programs to determine which practices positively influence program quality.
- Reilly, M. C. (2009, April). Supervision at the Beacons: Developing leaders for after-school programs. Retrieved from the Youth Development Institute website. This report outlines the guiding principles and effective practices that Beacons supervisors and program managers use.
- Huang, D. & Dietel, R. (2011). Making Afterschool Programs Better. Retrieved from the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing at UCLA. This report outlines 5 components that work together to create a quality afterschool program, with an emphasis on program staff and leadership.
- SEDL. (n.d.). “Management Resources for Afterschool Programs.” A collection of resources to assist afterschool programs with: strategic planning, leadership, staff development, fiscal management, advocacy, and sustainability of the program.
- Afterschool Alliance. (n.d.). “Starting an Afterschool Program.” A collection of resources to guide you in starting an afterschool program.
- Diedrich, K., McElvain, C., & Kaufman, S. (2005). Principal’s Guide to Effective Afterschool Programs: Tools for School Improvement. Published by Learning Point Associates. A guide intended to help school principals and administrative staff understand how they can connect with and support afterschool programs, and how those programs benefit their work.