NCASE Resource Library
This easy-to-understand booklet reviews the federal laws on inclusion and what they require and prohibit. It clarifies who qualifies for protection under these laws and examines how the laws apply to an OST program. It assesses the need for case-by-case assessments, reasonable accommodations, and communication access.
This blog points out that there is a clear need to invest in and expand early care and education programs that serve Native American children and families. Federal law often sets funding levels as a percentage of total authorization without determining funding based on tribal populations or needs that reflect disproportionately higher unemployment and poverty.
This special Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) addition to the IN Afterschool Standards outlines best practices to address the needs of diverse youth and the offering of quality and culturally-responsive programming.
These tools offer individuals the ability to look at U.S. data in specific locales to identify particular communities that will need continued support in recovery. It looks at 15 social factors organized into four themes: (1) socio-economic status, (2) household composition, (3) race/ethnicity/language, and (4) housing/transportation.
Online learning environments, like physical learning environments, provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, and practice skills. In virtual learning spaces, educators must still plan program goals and a sequence of learning experiences, employ experiential education, build relationships, and promote positive youth development.
This checklist for Local Education Agencies and early childhood providers highlights ways to help homeless families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It illuminates ways to identify and communicate with homeless families, ensure health, safety, and basic needs, and provide access to learning. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
Child Care Aware created this web-based school-age program checklist to help families select a high quality school-age program. It has questions on topics like health and safety, indoor and outdoor environment, caregiver-child interactions, staff qualifications, and parent partnerships. There is a link to print out the five-page checklist.
Caring for Our Children is a continually updated set of standards based on the best evidence, expertise, and experiences about quality health and safety practices and policies. This is the fourth edition and it includes a list of changes made since the third edition was published in 2011.
This series of reports provides a compilation of 41 key indicators for children ages 0-17. The statistics include measures on issues like poverty, homelessness, opioid use, and violence.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization of 2016 includes requirements for health and safety training. This resource provides information on health and safety professional training for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers, as required by state, plus access to research-based online training modules.