National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment

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The components of a quality school-age program and why quality matters

Decades of research has documented what is referred to as the “summer slide" – the impact of summer vacation’s learning loss on the educational achievement of children, particularly low-income children.

NCASE objectives and activities in support of programs serving school-age children.
Examples and promising practices that support high-quality summer learning programs

This toolkit provides a compilation of early childhood professional development resources for State/Territory policymakers and stakeholders. Intended to serve as a practical guide, the toolkit includes definitions, overviews, State stories, selected resources, State examples, and planning tools.

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.

This brief identifies subsidy policy issues and State examples that Child Care Development Fund administrators can consider to address school-age care needs. This is the third brief in a three-part series on school-age quality.

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.