NCASE Resource Library
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 webpage from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is focused on the new COVID-19 vaccination recommendation for children aged 5 and older. It provides information on why getting children vaccinated is important, links to help families find vaccines, and data on vaccine safety.
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 activity guide includes 40 activities for youth to learn about the science of COVID-19 and to develop greater social awareness and empathy. It was developed for the State Afterschool Networks (SANs) and has activities useful for out-of-school programs and family child care providers whether offering in-person, virtual, or take-home activities.
This blog by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time highlights what their research staff learned this past summer about high-quality practices in virtual programs based on conducting observations of more than 200 hours of online academic and general enrichment programming. The focus is on tips for activity design, youth engagement, and technology.
This blog highlights key elements of quality in camp experiences, whether virtual or in person, such as building strong relationships and creating safe spaces. It offers frameworks for designing strong programs and as it is a quick but thought-provoking read, it could be an effective tool for staff professional development. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This updated guidance from the CDC includes important information on layered prevention strategies for 2021-2022 while younger children are still not able to be vaccinated. There is information on strategies such as promoting vaccination, mask use, ventilation, social distancing. There are links to state and local information about community spread and vaccination rates.
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.