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To insure that the after-school workforce has the capacity and capability needed to deliver high-quality services to all children and youth who want and need them.


Although after-school is one of the fastest growing educational sectors in many cities, most citywide systems do not have comprehensive strategies in place to recruit, train and support a qualified and diverse workforce. Publicly funded programs spend the greatest proportion of their funding on staff salaries, but they receive limited public funding for staff development.

After-school systems must have effective strategies to insure that programs can hire a sufficient supply of qualified staff at all levels – volunteers, front line staff, site coordinators, and organization leadership. This is important because research demonstrates that positive staff-child relationships are a primary factor in achieving the best possible outcomes for children and adolescents. The after-school workforce employs staff of all ages with varying levels of work experience and education, from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. These primarily part-time workers need sufficient training on the skills required to work effectively with children and youth.


As there are already several projects underway that focus on workforce development, CBASS will begin by reviewing efforts from the field in the following areas:

  • Finding ways to increase the salary and benefits of after-school staff
  • Developing training to achieve desired youth outcomes
  • Developing evaluation strategies which demonstrate the impact of trainings
  • Establishing core competencies for the after-school workforce

CBASS partners will contribute to the work underway in the field by piloting staffing practices in their cities that will:

  • Increase the diversity of after-school leadership
  • Retain graduates of after-school programs in the after-school workforce
  • Utilize CBASS partner-created professional development models which train across all after-school staff levels, from entry level to leadership

Partners will then quantify the costs associated with these efforts, and formulate strategies to encourage public investment in similar efforts.