Standards of Quality

On March 12, 2013, the Michigan State Board of Education approved the revised Michigan Out-of-School Time Standards of Quality (MOST). These standards, based on research, may be used as a framework for the design and implementation of high-quality, comprehensive programs that meet the specific and different needs of children during non-school hours.

Quality standards have been established for a set of critical components which indicate program quality, including:

  • Health, Safety
  • Human Relationships
  • Program Staffing
  • Indoor and Outdoor Environments
  • Program Activities
  • Administration
  • Single-Purpose Programs

The Michigan After-School Partnership has endorsed the Michigan Out-of-School Time Standards of Quality.


Model Standards for Out-of-School Time/After-School Programs in Michigan Self-Assessment Checklist

This Self-Assessment Checklist was developed as a companion to the Michigan Out-of-School Time Standards of Quality (listed above) to assist schools and other organizations in developing high-quality, comprehensive out-of-school time programs.

This document may be used as a guide to developing and evaluating out-of-school time programs for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. While not targeted for programs serving high school students, many of these standards may be applicable to these programs as well. The MOST Standards of Quality are voluntary for all programs, except those programs specifically mandated by their funding. The MOST Standards of Quality indicate very high-quality. This Self-Assessment Checklist is recommended, along with other research-based assessment tools for program monitoring and self-assessment [i.e., Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS), Quality Assurance System (QAS)].

The checklist can be downloaded by clicking here. 

MOST companion cards