21st Century Community Learning Center

Youth Program Quality Improvement (YPQI)

The Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) is a validated instrument designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. It has been used in community organizations, schools, camps, and other places where youth have fun, work, and learn with adults.

The Youth PQA evaluates the quality of youth experiences as youth attend workshops and classes, complete group projects, and participate in meetings and regular program activities. For staff, the Youth PQA process is a great way to see what is really happening in their programs and to build professional competencies.

What does the Youth PQA assess?

  • Safe environment
  • Supportive environment
  • Interaction
  • Engagement
  • Youth-centered policies and practices
  • High expectations for youth and staff
  • Access

The goals of the Program Quality Improvement Project (PQIP):

  • To raise knowledge of program quality features and practices
  • To strengthen the skill base and practices of staff at the point of service where youth and adults interact, and
  • To enhance the quality of services provided by 21st CCLC programs

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program is pleased to announce, the launch of the Program Quality Improvement Project (PQIP). OSPI recognizes that regular participation in high quality extended learning programs that provide academic and enrichment activities has a positive impact on students’ grades, academic achievement, and social-emotional development, especially for children at risk, and children in poverty.

The purpose of the project is to pilot a process that will build capacity and support for local program services while enhancing program delivery and outcomes for students. The PQIP will assist 21st CCLC programs improve the quality of services using an evidenced based youth program quality assessment and improvement process. The process will include program quality assessment, using data to develop a program quality improvement plan, coaching, and professional development to support targeted improvements.

Programs participating in the PQIP will receive the resources and supports needed to participate in the project. The PQIP is a 12-month process that includes participation in a professional learning community, completion of a program quality assessment, development of a quality improvement plan, and training, and technical assistance. All programs will use the same tool to assess program quality and to create individualized improvement plans to enhance their program.


Trainers Cadre - December 5, 2016

YPQI Self-Assessment Webinar - December 1, 2016

Advanced Planning With Data Webinar - October 21, 2016

21ST CCLC APR Data System Technical Assistance Webinar IX - October 20, 2016

Leading Indicator Webinar - October 19, 2016

YPQI Kick Off Webinar - October 11, 2016

OSPI 21st CCLC Box Set Ordering Webinar - September 20, 2016

YPQI Box Set Ordering - July 26, 2016

YPQI Kick Off Webinar | Presentation - November 2, 2015

YPQI Advanced Planning with Data Webinar | Presentation - October 26,2015

YPQI Box Set Ordering-September 11, 2015

Kickoff Webinar - November 7, 2014

Self-Assessment Webinar - December 5, 2014

Scores Reporter Webinar - February 14, 2014

Scores Reporter User Guide (PDF)


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