It is a proven fact that the quality of a program’s staff influences the program’s effectiveness and success. Therefore, attracting, selecting and retaining high quality staff has become a top priority for after school programs.

It is a proven fact that the quality of a program’s staff influences the program’s effectiveness and success. Therefore, attracting, selecting and retaining high quality staff has become a top priority for after school programs.

In a study on staff selection in out-of-school programs, Child Trends found that program directors use the following key strategies to successfully recruit appropriate staff:

  • Hire volunteers and promote from within. These people already have a commitment to the program and understanding of program goals.
  • Encourage peer recruitment. Current high-quality staff members who are committed to the program are often good resources for recruiting new staff.
  • Tap into AmeriCorps programs. Programs such as Public Allies and Teach for America can be good resources for recruiting staff members who are enthusiastic and mission drive. Current staff could also qualify as Corps members to alleviate pressures due to tight budgets.
  • Conduct community outreach and form partnerships. Establish collaborative partnerships with schools and community-based organizations to recruit staff. Also, program directors suggested participating in job fairs to attract college students.
  • Capitalize on media and technology. Advertising job opportunities in community and local newspapers, as well as on websites such as Indeed.com and SchoolSpring.com is a proven way to recruit staff for afterschool programs.

Recruiting and retaining quality staff is a major concern for afterschool programs. With these strategies, program directors can ensure that staff is invested in the program’s mission and committed to high-quality care for students.