Afterschool Quality

The IAA’s primary mission is to expand access to high-quality afterschool programs. Thus, one of our main strategies is to support Iowa’s afterschool programs to improve and maintain the quality of programming available to children and families. Below are links to resources on quality afterschool programming. Have a question or need more information? Contact Michelle Rich at

Iowa Afterschool Standards and Corresponding Indicators of Quality

In 2008, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance developed comprehensive standards and corresponding indicators of quality afterschool programming. Indicators (how you know you’re meeting the standard of quality) are listed in this document for each of the following categories:

  1. Positive Human Relationships
  2. Appropriate Indoor and Outdoor Environments
  3. Effective Programming
  4. Strong Partnerships
  5. Effective Administration
  6. Effective Staffing and Professional Development
  7. Youth Development Principles and Practices
  8. Outcome Measurement
  9. Fiscal Management
  10. Advocacy

The IAA has developed the Policy and Community Leader’s Guide to Quality Afterschool Programmingto help you talk to stakeholders about the meaning of quality afterschool, its importance, and how they can support you in program improvement.


Other helpful resources on quality afterschool:
Iowa’s Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies
Iowa Department of Human Services Child Care Provider Training Registry
Community! Youth Concepts
Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Department of Public Health
National Afterschool Association
Foundations, Inc.
The Harvard Family Research Project

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