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Program quality is essential for better student outcomes.

Time and time again, research has found that regular participation in high-quality out-of-school time programming is linked to significant gains in students’ work habits and academic growth, as well as reductions in problematic behavior and school-day absences. Quality OST programs are intentionally designed to provide engaging activities that are sequenced and aligned with program goals and are taught by trained, dedicated instructors who work effectively with youth.

Our approach to supporting quality

We support out-of-school time by establishing quality standards, providing professional development, and supporting data collection and continuous improvement efforts for all Indiana programs.

Quality standards can unite a diverse out-of-school time community by creating a shared definition of quality that aligns with the unique needs of each program. Aligning professional development with these standards can strengthen staff learning and sustain continuous improvement by emphasizing professional guidelines and practices.


MyIAN is our one-stop shop for program quality building. Rate your program’s performance with our strengths-based self-assessment. Access lesson plans, engagement ideas, and team tools in our resource repository. Continue to build your knowledge and skills with our online professional development system.

Indiana Afterschool Standards

The Indiana Afterschool Standards outline the path to high-quality youth programming that takes place outside of the school day. These standards are based on national research and best practices in the youth development and education fields.

Professional Development

Supporting staff by providing ongoing professional development is key to creating a continuous quality improvement process. When staff have access to consistent professional learning practices, the impact on youth can be transformative.