Research has shown the importance of afterschool and summer programs in supporting the healthy development of children and youth. Research also shows that poor quality programs can negatively impact youth. Because of this, APOST is committed to supporting and building access to high-quality opportunities for youth. Contact us for personalized support and technical assistance. Learn about our Quality Campaign, read our Statement of Quality, and view the list of current Quality Campaign members.
A key strategy for building program quality is to support the skill development of youth practitioners. APOST offers two FREE professional development conferences in the Fall and Summer, as well as workshops at no cost to youth-serving organizations (minimum eight participants) and professional development opportunities through community partnerships.
APOST gathers and maintains an extensive listing of resources in the field of youth work and after school programming for organizations and their staff including the latest trends, data-driven research, and best practices in the field. Access our Resources for Program Providers and keep your organization up to date with best practices in Out-of-School Time.
APOST hosts a database of Out of School Time programs to help families find opportunities that fit their needs. You can include your program(s) by completing this form. Please make sure to update it regularly as information changes or annually at minimum.