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.


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

Evaluation Principles & Practices

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