Arizona

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) is Arizona’s leading statewide advocate and information resource for promoting high quality, affordable and accessible out-of-school time programs as an essential component in the positive development of Arizona’s youth. AzCASE has a broad network of partners that span the state, leading and supporting out-of-school time efforts in urban and suburban regions of Arizona.

Accomplishments: 
  • AzCASE distributed 12,000 copies of the Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs.

  • 550 OST program sites signed the Make It Count pledge committing their program to use the Quality Standards to strengthen their programs.

  • Made 32 statewide presentations on the Quality Standards to diverse audiences including the Arizona Education Coalition, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Arizona PTA Conference, Arizona School Boards Association Conference and the Intertribal Circle of Sharing Conference.

  • Arizona Quality Self-Assessment Tool (AzQSAT) was developed and piloted by 105 program sites statewide. The AzQSAT was confirmed as valid and reliable in December 2014.

  • AzCASE conducted a total of 19 professional development trainings for 631 staff from 123 programs equaling 1,893 hours of training.

  • AzCASE conducted a survey of 2014 Congressional candidates on critical pieces of federal legislation that impacts OST programs.

  • 30 state legislative candidates signed the Arizona OST Pledge.

Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • AzCASE is now preparing to develop custom software to host the AzQSAT on their website for easy access statewide.

  • The network's newest priority is to re-launch the Quality Standards in tandem with the AzQSAT, targeting the 550 Make It Count pledge signers urging their adoption and use of the AzQSAT.

  • AzCASE is also working wtih local school districts and city councils to formally adopt the Arizona Quality Standards. The City of Tempe became the first city to adopt the Quality Standards in February 2015 in collaboration with the Kyrene School District.