Rhode Island Program Quality Assessment (RIPQA)
The RIPQA tool, created primarily by the Providence After School Alliance with assistance from other youth service organizations, measures programs in relation to the following four areas:
- Safe environment
- Supportive environment
- Quality of interactions
- Level of engagement
There’s also an administrative checklist (known as Form B) that tracks an organization’s ability to support family engagement, civic engagement, staff development, professional development, and administrative functions.
Launched in 2014, the BrightStars platform critiques all aspects of programming, including teaching, learning, and staff qualifications. In Rhode Island, all licensed, school-age programs serving CCAP children in grades K–5 receive a star rating reflecting the overall quality of the program and highlighting where improvements can be made.
A true community effort, the “Core Comps” are observable skills and dispositions needed by professionals in order to provide high-quality care for youth. Competencies are concrete, observable, and achievable, and establish standards of practice that strengthen the profession.
Ultimately, these core competencies are used to define the content of professional development curricula, set goals and outcomes for training, and design mechanisms for the demonstration and assessment of a practitioner’s skills.
Read about Newport Family COZ’s experience with the Core Competencies via a yearlong pilot, as penned by their Director of Quality Initiatives, Samantha Brinz.
Over the course of 14 months, RIASPA led a working group tasked with making recommendations on how best to update the DCYF School-Age Licencing Regulations.
The RI After-School Quality Standards were created in 2005 by PASA, with help from RIASPA and other field representatives. These standards consist of five major categories and have indicators that highlight program excellence.
Programs that adhere to these standards are committed to offering high-quality experiences.