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High/Scope Youth Program Quality Assessment Tool

The Youth PQA is a validated instrument designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. It has been used in community organizations, schools, camps, and other places where youth have fun, work, and learn with adults. The Youth PQA evaluates four key dimensions of the quality of youth experiences (see graphic) as youth attend workshops and classes, complete group projects, and participate in meetings and regular program activities. The Instrument Validation Study was funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation.

What does the Youth PQA assess?

The Youth PQA represents widely shared ideas about how programs can best promote youth development and learning. It measures the access youth have to key developmental experiences in seven domains:

Each domain contains items that focus on specific elements of best practice.

For more information on High/Scope, visit youth.highscope.org