Quality Programs

Quality Programs

High quality out-of-school-time programs have proven to play an influential role in helping children reach their highest potential. Through skill development, meaningful relationships, and academic and social support children are given the tools to actualize their own unique identity.

On this page, you can browse articles that identify common characteristics of high quality programs, the various outcomes of program participation, and how others are working to enhance quality programs in their area.


Assessment for Quality Improvement

Developed by the City of Toronto, the Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI) outlines expectations, service standards and guidelines for child care providers who have a service contract with the City. It can also serve as a self-evaluation and planning tool for child care operators and educators.


Afterschool Alliance

An American organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs. On their website, you can browse research, learn from experts through their webinars and more.


Critical hours

Commissioned by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, this report explores the links between out-of-school-time and positive development, with particular focus on the impact of after-school programs on children in their middle years.


CMAS (Childminding Monitoring, Advisory and Support)

Online tutorials, webinars and e-courses to support service providers working with immigrant children.


Caring for Kids New to Canada

This website was developed for health professionals and others who care for immigrant and refugee children, youth, and families. Throughout the site, you’ll find information and resources to enhance care and help you better understand the unique health needs of these children.


Ontario Middle Years Strategy

This strategy is designed to help families, policy makers, service providers, educators, and community organizations better understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities that face children ages 6-12. The two companion documents - On My Way: A Guide to Support Middle Years Child Development and Gearing Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario Middle Years Children Thrive - outlines key considerations for supporting children ages 6-12. 


Parks and Recreation Ontario

PRO is a non-profit association that enhances the health, social and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources and collaborative partnerships.