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dc.contributor.authorLindsey, Jennifer ( )
dc.identifier.citationLindsey, J. (2010). Quality after school time: An evaluative study of the Eastside Story After School Program in Austin, TX. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Research Purpose: As the need for quality after school care for school-age children grows, so does the need for a tool to measure the quality of after school programs. This study uses existing literature to develop a practical ideal type for after school programs. The model is then used to asses The Eastside Story; a program in Austin, Texas. Recommendations to improve of The Eastside Story program are drawn from the assessment.

Methodology: A thorough examination of literature pertaining to after school programs reveals five primary components of quality programs: strategic planning, partnership elements, staff elements, effective program practices, and child-centered location. Utilizing the case study research method, these five components are used to assess the Eastside Story program. The data collection methodologies in this case study include document analysis, structured interviews, and direct observation.

Results: The results of the case study illustrate Eastside Story's strengths and weaknesses. While current level of strategic planning at The Eastside Story fails to meet the criteria set in the practical ideal type, the criteria was met or exceeded for effective program practices and staff elements. Room for improvement within the partnership elements component was also identified.

dc.format.extent106 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2010.
dc.subjectAfter school programsen_US
dc.subjectEastside storyen_US
dc.subjectPractical typeen_US
dc.subjectIdeal typeen_US
dc.titleQuality After School Time: An Evaluative Study of the Eastside Story After School Program in Austin, TXen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShields, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLongoria, Thomas
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLund, Jeffrey N.
dc.description.departmentPolitical Science



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