Our research-backed Quality Standards initiative brings best practices, continual improvement and positive outcomes to afterschool programming around the state.

Quality Standards

Research-based standards broken into seven overarching categories that represent key areas of program quality.

Provider Handbook

Compiled ideas and suggestions for how to handle Quality Standards roadblocks as shared by providers.


Online strengths-based tool to self-assess program performance based on the Illinois Statewide Afterschool Quality Standards.

Pledge to Quality

An opportunity for programs to state publicly that they are committed to quality and continuous improvement.

Quality Standards in Action

Examples of Illinois afterschool providers implementing the Illinois Statewide Afterschool Quality Standards.

Evaluation Principles & Practices

Foundation for common understanding and consistent expectations about evaluation for afterschool programs.