Wyoming Quality Initiative

Ongoing since 2001

Principal Investigator: Ellen Gannett, M.Ed.

Project Director: Kathy Schleyer, M.S.

Funded by: Wyoming Afterschool Alliance

NIOST’s continuing work with the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) since 2011 assisted in the creation of a statewide system for utilizing data to support continuous quality improvement among 21st CCLC funded afterschool programs. NIOST, in concert with WYAA and the state’s 21st CCLC lead, has helped the state build a network of providers trained in leadership skills who utilize the APAS system of tools to analyze data for action-planning. Currently, NIOST is helping WY expand coaching skills at the program leadership level while programs target 3-year goals to increase youth engagement and build positive youth outcomes including social emotional skills.

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    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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