1. 1. DAYS OPEN - AVERAGE
    1. General Considerations
    2. Community Involvement and Collaboration
  2. 2. PROPOSED vs. ACTUAL Average Daily Attendance and Youth Attendance Hours
    1. General Considerations
    2. Quality of After School Program Staff
    3. Enriching and Challenging Learning Opportunities
    4. Family Involvement
    5. Environment, Health, Safety And Nutrition
    6. Program Monitoring & Evaluation
  3. 3. ACTUAL POPULATION SERVED
    1. General Considerations
    2. Quality of After School Program Staff
    3. Enriching and Challenging Learning Opportunities
    4. Family Involvement
    5. Environment, Health, Safety And Nutrition
  4. 4. PROGRAM DOSAGE
    1. General Considerations
    2. Quality of After School Program Staff
    3. Enriching and Challenging Learning Opportunities
    4. Family Involvement
    5. Environment, Health, Safety And Nutrition
    6. Program Monitoring & Evaluation
  5. 5 . COST/YOUTH/HOUR
    1. General Considerations
    2. Organizational Structure, Resources & Capacity
    3. Community Involvement and Collaboration

The information that follows represents a small sampling of items that have been recognized as potentially having an impact on performance in the corresponding PERMS indicator areas. This list is simply a sampling of recommendations for providers to consider and should NOT in any way be considered a complete listing. While some of the items below are contract requirements and must be adhered to, this listing in general is NOT being distributed as a requirement.


1. DAYS OPEN - AVERAGE

General Considerations

Are there questions about how the average # of days open is calculated?

  • TR staff have received guidance and understand how to collect & enter data correctly
  • A site is considered "open" only when TR core service programming opportunities are provided to enrolled youth participants

Does the provider have a procedure in place to recognize, explore and develop strategies to address barriers to offering TR programming for the contracted days per year?

  • Collaborative partners are utilized to address and resolve barriers
  • Exploring additional partnerships to address and resolve barriers
  • Parents and community members are utilized to address and resolve barriers

Community Involvement and Collaboration

Does the Teen REACH program have a local focus based on needs and resources?

  • Marketing and public relations
  • Relationships with schools
  • Existing community resources are used

Does the program have multi-sector involvement and broad based representation?

  • Advisory council
  • Working relationships with other programs
  • Broad participation from other groups

Is collaborative planning and implementation a strong focus of the program?

  • Advisory council partners sharing resources/in-kind services
  • Advisory council members engage in outreach to increase enrollment

2. PROPOSED vs. ACTUAL Average Daily Attendance and Youth Attendance Hours

General Considerations

Are there questions about how to enter new enrollees and how to calculate average daily attendance?

  • Agency and TR Staff are aware of the projected Average Daily Attendance and the projected Youth Attendance Hours by site and agency
  • The agency has the capacity to meet projections
  • TR staff have received guidance and understand how to collect & enter data correctly
  • Average daily attendance and daily Youth Attendance Hours are properly monitored

Does the provider have a policy in place that outlines and requires strategies to retain youth?

  • A written retention policy is in place
  • TR staff have received training on the policy and understand their responsibilities
  • Parents are aware of the importance of retention
  • Program attendance policy allows for early identification of low, sporadic, or no attendance
  • TR staff follow-up with the parents when youth are identified
  • TR staff work with parents to identify and resolve barriers to attendance
  • Program encourages youth and parents to commit to an attendance goal
  • Efforts are made to retain youth who generally attend only during the summer months

Quality of After School Program Staff

Does program staff receive training that supports their ability to effectively carry out the TR program? Are there opportunities for meaningful professional development?

  • Training received in program management, etc.
  • Opportunities are available to attend professional development
  • Appropriate TR staff attend TR quarterly meetings

Are efforts in place to ensure that Teen REACH program staff work with school personnel to meet the needs of participants?

  • Seek referrals from schools
  • Work with schools to address participant issues
  • Are efforts made to retain staff and reduce turnover?
  • Core group of staff that stay with the program
  • Transitions when staff move are smooth and reduce disruption that participants feel

Enriching and Challenging Learning Opportunities

Does the program includes all 6 core services required by DHS?

  • A variety of activities are offered
  • Innovative strategies are used to teach concepts
  • Programming is designed to meet various developmental stages

Are students provided opportunities to be physically active and participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities?

  • Variety of programming/opportunities

Are linkages between the school and the after school program developed and maintained?

  • Working collaboratively to attract youth
  • Coordinated use of resources
  • Schools and programs sharing information about youth to better support individual youth

Do staff and youth participants interact in positive ways that promote the development of positive relationships between staff and youth participants?

  • Meaningful relationships

Does program staff use positive techniques to guide behavior of participants and handle conflict in positive ways?

  • Group norms
  • Positive behavioral plans
  • Training on conflict resolution

Family Involvement

Are families actively involved in program planning, development, implementation, participation and evaluation in ways that facilitate the improvement of program quality? Are families' diverse interests and time constraints respected?

  • Input from families and participants regarding all aspects of program
  • Family participation
  • Actively involved parents
  • Programs reflect family and youth needs

Environment, Health, Safety And Nutrition

Is the environment in which the Teen REACH program is delivered safe and secure? Does the environment support the developmental and activity needs of the participants?

  • Program is accessible to participants
  • Space is clean and safe
  • Space is arranged for youth of different ages
  • There are appropriate materials for a variety of activities

Are food and drinks served to meet needs of participants?

  • Snacks and/or meals are available
  • Snacks and/or meals are of reasonable quality

Program Monitoring & Evaluation

Does the administrative organization have a data-driven process of inquiry and decision-making in place? Does the Teen REACH program have data collection strategies and information systems in place to ensure data is collected on an ongoing, regular basis and in a consistent fashion?

  • Staff responsible for data collection have been identified
  • TR Staff use process data to identify interests, challenges and satisfaction with the program
  • Results and findings are shared with program staff

3. ACTUAL POPULATION SERVED

General Considerations

Are there questions about how to enter new enrollees and how to calculate average daily attendance?

  • Agency and TR Staff are aware of the target population to be served
  • The agency has the capacity to meet the target population
  • TR staff have received guidance and understand how to collect & enter data correctly
  • Recruitment practices are in place to reach the older populations
  • This requirement is properly monitored

Does the provider have a policy in place that outlines and requires strategies to recruit older youth?

  • A written recruitment policy is in place
  • TR staff have received training on the policy and understand their responsibilities
  • Parents are included in the recruitment strategies
  • Programming is designed to attract the older population
  • TR staff follow-up with the parents when youth are identified
  • TR staff work with parents to identify and resolve barriers to attendance

Quality of After School Program Staff

Does program staff receive training that supports their ability to effectively carry out the TR program? Are there opportunities for meaningful professional development?

  • Training received in program management, etc.
  • Opportunities are available to attend professional development
  • Appropriate TR staff attend TR quarterly meetings

Are efforts in place to ensure that Teen REACH program staff work with school personnel to meet the needs of participants?

  • Seek referrals from schools
  • Work with schools to address participant issues

Are efforts made to retain staff and reduce turnover?

  • Core group of staff that stay with the program
  • Transitions when staff move are smooth and reduce disruption that participants feel

Enriching and Challenging Learning Opportunities

Does the program includes all 6 core services required by DHS?

  • A variety of activities are offered
  • Innovative strategies are used to teach concepts
  • Programming is designed to meet various developmental stages

Are students provided opportunities to be physically active and participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities?

  • Variety of programming/opportunities

Are linkages between the school and the after school program developed and maintained?

  • Working collaboratively to attract youth
  • Coordinated use of resources
  • Schools and programs sharing information about youth to better support individual youth

Do staff and youth participants interact in positive ways that promote the development of positive relationships between staff and youth participants?

  • Meaningful relationships

Does program staff use positive techniques to guide behavior of participants and handle conflict in positive ways?

  • Group norms
  • Positive behavioral plans
  • Training on conflict resolution

Family Involvement

Are families actively involved in program planning, development, implementation, participation and evaluation in ways that facilitate the improvement of program quality? Are families' diverse interests and time constraints respected?

  • Input from families and participants regarding all aspects of program
  • Family participation
  • Actively involved parents
  • Programs reflect family and youth needs

Environment, Health, Safety And Nutrition

Is the environment in which the Teen REACH program is delivered safe and secure? Does the environment support the developmental and activity needs of the participants?

  • Program is accessible to participants
  • Space is clean and safe
  • Space is arranged for youth of different ages
  • There are appropriate materials for a variety of activities

Are food and drinks served to meet needs of participants?

  • Snacks and/or meals are available
  • Snacks and/or meals are of reasonable quality

4. PROGRAM DOSAGE

General Considerations

Are there questions about how to enter new enrollees and how to calculate average daily attendance?

  • Agency and TR Staff are aware of the performance standards in place for each age group
  • The agency has the capacity to provide programming that would meet the minimum required days and hours of service
  • Programming is responsive to the needs of the participants

Does the provider have a policy in place that outlines and requires strategies to retain youth?

  • A written retention policy is in place
  • TR staff have received training on the policy and understand their responsibilities
  • Parents are aware of the importance of retention
  • Program attendance policy allows for early identification of low, sporadic, or no attendance
  • TR staff follow-up with the parents when youth are identified
  • TR staff work with parents to identify and resolve barriers to attendance
  • Program encourages youth and parents to commit to an attendance goal
  • Efforts are made to retain youth who generally attend only during the summer months

Quality of After School Program Staff

Does program staff receive training that supports their ability to effectively carry out the TR program? Are there opportunities for meaningful professional development?

  • Training received in program management, etc.
  • Opportunities are available to attend professional development
  • Appropriate TR staff attend TR quarterly meetings

Are efforts in place to ensure that Teen REACH program staff work with school personnel to meet the needs of participants?

  • Seek referrals from schools
  • Work with schools to address participant issues

Are efforts made to retain staff and reduce turnover?

  • Core group of staff that stay with the program
  • Transitions when staff move are smooth and reduce disruption that participants feel

Enriching and Challenging Learning Opportunities

Does the program includes all 6 core services required by DHS?

  • A variety of activities are offered
  • Innovative strategies are used to teach concepts
  • Programming is designed to meet various developmental stages

Are students provided opportunities to be physically active and participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities?

  • Variety of programming/opportunities

Are linkages between the school and the after school program developed and maintained?

  • Working collaboratively to attract youth
  • Coordinated use of resources
  • Schools and programs sharing information about youth to better support individual youth

Do staff and youth participants interact in positive ways that promote the development of positive relationships between staff and youth participants?

  • Meaningful relationships

Does program staff use positive techniques to guide behavior of participants and handle conflict in positive ways?

  • Group norms
  • Positive behavioral plans
  • Training on conflict resolution

Family Involvement

Are families actively involved in program planning, development, implementation, participation and evaluation in ways that facilitate the improvement of program quality? Are families' diverse interests and time constraints respected?

  • Input from families and participants regarding all aspects of program
  • Family participation
  • Actively involved parents
  • Programs reflect family and youth needs

Environment, Health, Safety And Nutrition

Is the environment in which the Teen REACH program is delivered safe and secure? Does the environment support the developmental and activity needs of the participants?

  • Program is accessible to participants
  • Space is clean and safe
  • Space is arranged for youth of different ages
  • There are appropriate materials for a variety of activities

Are food and drinks served to meet needs of participants?

  • Snacks and/or meals are available
  • Snacks and/or meals are of reasonable quality

Program Monitoring & Evaluation

Does the administrative organization devote resources and time to evaluation? Does the administrative organization make evaluation a central aspect of the program's culture? Does the administrative organization have a data-driven process of inquiry and decision-making in place? Does the Teen REACH program have data collection strategies and information systems in place to ensure data is collected on an ongoing, regular basis and in a consistent fashion?

  • Staff responsible for data collection have been identified
  • Participation in evaluation efforts as specified
  • Participation in evaluations not required by DHS
  • TR Staff use process data to identify interests, challenges and satisfaction with the program
  • Results and findings are shared with program staff

5 . COST/YOUTH/HOUR

General Considerations

Are there questions about how Youth Attendance Hours is calculated?

  • TR staff have received guidance and understand how to collect & enter data correctly
  • The program is regularly monitoring their cost per youth

Does the provider have a policy in place that outlines and requires strategies to retain youth?

  • TR staff have received training on the policy and understand their responsibilities
  • Parents are aware of the importance of retention
  • Program attendance policy allows for early identification of low, sporadic, or no attendance
  • TR staff follow-up with the parents when youth are identified
  • TR staff work with parents to identify and resolve barriers to attendance
  • Program encourages youth and parents to commit to an attendance goal
  • TR staff inquire as to why youth stop attending
  • Efforts are made to retain youth that generally attend only during the summer months

Does the provider have a procedure in place to recognize, explore and develop strategies to address barriers to offering TR programming 240 days per year?

  • Collaborative partners are utilized to address and resolve barriers
  • Exploring additional partnerships to address and resolve barriers
  • Parents and community members are utilized to address and resolve barriers

Does the provider have the capacity to increase their average daily attendance?

  • Marketing & outreach strategies to increase and maintain attendance

Organizational Structure, Resources & Capacity

Are policies and procedures are in place related to program recruitment, enrollment and attendance?

  • Procedures/processes are in place to enroll youth and maintain youth in the program
  • Documentation procedures are in place to maintain attendance data
  • Unexpected absences are followed up
  • Recruitment is a priority

Does the administrative organization have the capacity to develop and implement a TR program of the highest quality?

  • Quality accounting/bookkeeping system
  • Experience administering DHS grant
  • Experience administering after school programs
  • Not over or under staffed

Are the roles and responsibilities of Teen REACH program staff clearly defined?

  • Written job descriptions identifying responsibilities
  • Program staff are well utilized
  • Program is well planned to allow for maximizing resources

Community Involvement and Collaboration

Does the Teen REACH program have a local focus based on needs and resources?

  • Marketing and public relations
  • Relationships with schools
  • Existing community resources are used

Does the program have multi-sector involvement and broad based representation?

  • Advisory council
  • Working relationships with other programs
  • Broad participation from other groups

Is collaborative planning and implementation a strong focus of the program?

  • Advisory council partners sharing resources/in-kind services
  • Advisory council members engage in outreach to increase enrollment