More Than Attendance: The Importance of After-School Program Quality

Barton J. Hirsch, Megan A. Mekinda, Julie Ann Stawicki

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A central theme of the articles featured in this issue is the need to improve the quality of after-school programs. In this commentary, we discuss why student engagement, program characteristics and implementation, staff training, and citywide policy are key considerations in the effort to define and achieve high quality programs for youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-452
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2010


  • After-school
  • Attendance
  • Program implementation
  • Program quality
  • Staff training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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