DCYF Quality Initiative
The DCYF Quality Initiative includes trainings for OST K-8, YWD and Specialized Teen Grantees.
DCYF Best Practice Primers: Tools for the Youth Development Professional
Best Practice: Skill Building (pdf)
DCYF defines skill building as "the specific opportunities for young people to develop and master new concepts and skills that will help them be successful in school, in their personal lives, and in future careers." Most of us are familiar with the concept of "hard" skills, such as the specialized skill set required to be successful in activities such as sports, learning an instrument, or learning new software. Equally important yet commonly overlooked, "soft" skills typically refer to social and emotional skills, such as a person's ability to interact or get along with others in personal and/or professional relationships. High quality programs foster the development of both types of skills. The Best Practice: Skill Building primer features elements of high quality skill building, and includes a bank of skill building resources for training staff.
The Expanded Learning Collaborative (formerly San Francisco Afterschool for All) aims to create a citywide afterschool system that addresses challenges and fosters collaboration to achieve a central goal: providing quality afterschool programs for all K-12 children. The ELC is guided by an Advisory Council composed of representatives of the school district, city departments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, funders, and parents.
- ELC Technical Assistance Project (ELC TAP). The ELC TAP's goal is to improve the quality of out of school time programs across San Francisco by increasing the awareness and use of common tools, encouraging peer learning and creating coherence in approaches to quality programming. The project will consist of five principle activities: on-site technical assistance, trainings, brown bag networking sessions, online networking, and outreach events. All activities are open to anyone working in afterschool or summer programs for K-12 youth in San Francisco (regardless of how your program is funded) and all activities are FREE! For more information and to sign up, please visit the ELC website.
Questions, comments or concerns about ELC? Please contact Bryant Tan.