Illinois Quality Program Self-Assessment (IL-QPSA)

The Illinois Quality Program Self-Assessment (IL-QPSA) is an online strengths-based self-assessment tool allowing individual out-of-school time (OST) providers to self-assess their performance based on the Illinois Statewide Afterschool Quality Standards Framework and consensus-building decision-making model.

This self-assessment process is a contractual requirement for some state and federal grantees; however, all Out of School Time (OST) programs are invited to complete the process as well.

The system has many features, including a catalog of Quality Resources like the IL Top Ten Quality Standards and a pre-assessment survey link (created within the system) that can be emailed to parents/families, youth, and other external partners.

How can your program(s) benefit from using the IL-QPSA?

The IL-QPSA can:

  • Help programs identify and understand the factors that support or inhibit top performance
  • Utilize that information to make data-driven decisions,
  • Foster an environment of continuous quality improvement and growth
  • Maximize positive impacts for staff, youth, families, and community peers
  • Provide programs an opportunity to state publicly that they are committed to program quality and continuous improvement with the Pledge to Quality

Important Documents and Links

IL-QPSA System Access: This site is only for organizations/programs with a login assigned by ACT Now staff.  

System Tips and Tricks:

  • Bookmark the page to ensure easy access, as it is inaccessible via search engines
  • Google Chrome works best
  • Disable cookies/cache in your browser’s settings
  • Use this link to access the system
  • If still unable to access, click ‘Forgot Your Password?
    • When you try to set the password, does it indicate that it is a ‘good’ or ‘strong’ password?
    • If the password is ‘poor,’ it will not save. Try setting another password.
    • Then, follow the necessary prompts between the system and your email account
  • If you still can’t gain access, contact Jackie Tichler (Afterschool Resources and Support Specialist, Quality Initiatives) at

FY25 Syllabus: This provides step-by-step guidance to successful IL-QPSA completion.

IL-QPSA Registration Form: This is how you register for the IL-QPSA process each year. Every participant must register for the IL-QPSA each year to allow ACT Now to maintain accurate data.

ANCALis an online learning and training platform FREE for all Illinois afterschool and out-of-school time (OST) professionals. If you are already registered for ANCAL, you have access to all of ACT Now’s IL-QPSA Modules. If not, register here.

FY24 IL-QPSA Teen REACH Report

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Jackie Tichler at