The NJ Quality Standards for Afterschool – together with the Assessment Tool – is a resource that afterschool programs can use for self-evaluation. It should be part of a process of continuous quality improvement.
We use the term “afterschool program,” but these standards are appropriate for before-school programs, summer programs, and other ELOs. ELO stands for “Extended Learning Opportunity” and refers to the wide range of programs that seek to expand the opportunities that youth have to learn outside the regular school day. This is a resource for use by ELOs regardless of funding source, tax-exempt status, or other defining characteristics.
Note: We use the term “youth” throughout this packet to include all K-12 program youth from young children through teenagers.
Note for Parents/Guardians: This tool was developed for use by programs. However, parents and guardians may use the standards to learn more about what to look for in an afterschool program. Ask your child’s program staff if they use the NJ Quality Standards and Assessment.
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