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National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) provides training and technical assistance to the state, territory, and tribal CCDF lead agencies and their designated networks, which include the statewide afterschool networks, State and Local Education Agencies (SEAs/LEAs), provider associations, and Child Care Resource and Referral agencies. The goal of NCASE is to ensure that school-age children in families of low income have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement.

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A new federally funded collection of publications and datasets on early childhood development, education, and policy is available.  Child Care & Early Education Research Connections highlights the work of NCASE and focuses on resources in the Research Connections collection...

Highlighted Resources

Explore opportunities for coordinating CCDF and 21stCCLC funds with this new resource

Find resources on program quality, funding, and a program spotlight in the Summer Learning Brief

National Snapshot of Federal Supports for Afterschool and Summer Care presents child care data

Additional Resources

NCASE Resource Library Twenty-Minute Virtual Tour

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) facilitated a 20-minute virtual tour of its Resource Library to share how this curated collection of tools, information, and examples of promising practices can inform and support efforts to increase access and to improve the quality of programs for school-age children.

Professionalizing the Workforce in Out-of-School Time & School-Age Child Care Webinar

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted a webinar as part of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Convention. Attendees learned about efforts to professionalize the field and heard from state representatives on how they are addressing OST workforce issues. 

Creating a Successful Formula to Engage School-Age Programs in Quality Improvement Webinar

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted a webinar designed to explore strategies for building sustainable quality improvements, ways to engage school-age programs, create standards, select assessment tools, and provide support.

Supporting School-Age Children in Family Child Care Interactive Webinar

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment and the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance came together to offer an interactive webinar session to help better understand the needs of States, Territories, and Tribes around supporting school-age children in family child care.

The Intersection of Subsidy & Quality in School-Age Care Webinar

The National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted this webinar to learn about emerging strategies for intertwining subsidy with quality in school-age care.

Summer Learning: Promising Practices and Innovation Strategies Webinar

Over the summer many young people and their families lose access to critical supports that keep them safe, healthy, and engaged in learning. The summer “opportunity gap” contributes to gaps in achievement that persist and widen over time, particularly for low-income students.

Spotlight on Quality: How State and Territory Subsidy Policy Can Increase Options and Support Family Decisions

This brief identifies subsidy policy issues and State examples that Child Care Development Fund administrators can consider to address school-age care needs.

Spotlight on Quality: What is Quality and Why Does it Matter?

Research indicates that high-quality afterschool programs are showing important gains for children in terms of academic achievement, safety, discipline, attendance, and avoidance of risky behaviors

Spotlight on Quality: What Choices Do Families Make and Why?

This brief describes the choices families make when selecting school-age care, and provides research on how families make these decisions. It is the second brief in a three-part series on school-age quality.

A Tool to Assess the Alignment of State/Territory PDS and QRIS

Professional development systems (PDS) and quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are two important subsystems of the comprehensive early childhood and school-age system. State and Territory leaders can use this self-assessment tool to guide alignment across similar system functions.

High Quality Child Care Promotes Healthy Development, School Readiness, and School Success

Decades of research has documented the impact of summer vacation’s learning loss on the educational achievement of children, particularly low-income children. The achievement gap is not really a result of “summer slide” alone but the cumulative effect that begins with school readiness. This fact sheet shares research and statistics on the importance of high-quality care and summer learning.

Resources and Information

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This document provides an overview of some general characteristics of state child care licensing regulations for summer programs and day camps. The information is based on a scan of regulations in 17 states (Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin), selected because of their geographic diversity. The data was drawn from the National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations.

This practice brief, Promising Practices for Out-of-School Time Licensing and License-Exempt Systems, shares emerging strategies and promising practices on preparation and supportive policies for providers, PD require­ments, and license-exempt monitoring.  It features state examples from Minnesota and New Hampshire and insights on OST licensing.

The largest federal funding streams that support access to quality school-age opportunities are the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. This document provides essential information about both programs and addresses opportunities to coordinate CCDF and 21st CCLC funds.

On March 21, 2017 NCASE hosted a webinar as part of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Convention in Dallas, Texas. The event was broadcast live. Attendees learned about the history of efforts to professionalize the field and the current state of affairs, and heard from state re

On December 1, 2016 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) facilitated a 20-minute virtual tour

On October 18, 2016 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted a webinar designed to explore strategies for building sustainable quality improvements, ways to engage school-age programs, create standards, select assessment tools, and provide support.

On October 5, 2016 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment and the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance came together to offer an interactive webinar session to help better understand the needs of States, Territories, and Tribes around supporting school-

National snapshot of different types of school-age care received through CCDF subsidies

One of the goals of the Child Care Development Fund is to increase access to high-quality child care for children in families of low income.

Find resources on program quality, funding, and a program spotlight in the NCASE Summer Learning Brief

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