QUALITY GUIDELINES

Using the Kansas Afterschool Program Quality Guidelines

The purpose of the self-assessment tool is to provide a pathway to reflect upon current programs, define areas for improvement, and provide an opportunity to prioritize and plan for quality improvement. 

The 2021 update brings up to date guidelines and a version of the self-assessment that is further aligned with the Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Development Professionals (Kansas and Missouri).

Kansas Afterschool Program Quality Guidelines and Assessment Tools

Download the complete 2021 guidelines and assessment tools here. 

KEN Quality Improvement Process

This document gives an overview of the process of continuous quality improvement: to assess, plan, act, and reflect.

Take the Assesments

Each of the following buttons leads to an online assessment for one of the five categories in the Kansas Afterschool Program guidelines.

Printable (PDF) assessments can also be used and can be found in the “Access the Resources” section below.

Make a Plan for Improvement

This tool will allow programs to establish goals and planning based on the Kansas Afterschool Program Quality Guidelines Self-Assessment. In the tool, highlight the guideline your program has chosen to focus on, describe how you have assessed your program in this area, and outline your goal and the objectives you will work to meet.

Download the planing tool

Access the Resources

Resources corresponding with each category of the Kansas Afterschool Quailty Program Guidelines are linked below.

Additional Documents

Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Development Professionals

Core competencies are what you need to know to provide quality early childhood and youth development activities and interactions. The Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Development Professionals (Kansas and Missouri) is a framework that defines the standards for early childhood and youth development professionals. They set the expectations for professionals who care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and older youth.

AIR Social and Emotional Learning Afterschool Toolkit

This self-reflection tool is designed to help afterschool program staff reflect upon their own social and emotional competencies and their ability to support young people’s Social and Emotional Learning through program practices.