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Supporting Literacy in Out-of-School Time: OST Early Literacy Quality Tool

The OST Early Literacy Quality Tool is a decision-making tool for out-of-school time (OST) providers seeking to improve or create early literacy supports. The tool provides questions to consider for providers who currently offer early literacy programming or who may offer literacy programming in the future. These questions are meant to engage providers in understanding whether their program is “on track” with regard to the ingredients and conditions for high quality OST programming, as well as thinking about areas they can improve. It can also help providers in the planning phase to develop high-quality literacy programming.
This tool addresses practices, approaches and conditions which research indicates lead to positive outcomes for students. They are described in Research for Action’s literature review, Supporting Literacy in Out-of-School Time: Summary of Evidence.


Published: October 2017
Rachel Comly
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