NCASE Resource Library
This chapter of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning examines specific issues, current research, and policy questions related to the access and equity frameworks as they are applied to out-of-school time. It outlines strategies so Out-of-School Time (OST) learning is a collaborative engagement between children and staff with social, emotional, cultural, and history-based approaches.
This issue brief provides a framework that states can use during the COVID-19 crisis to create child care policies that promote equitable access and mitigate the chance that child care closures will be concentrated in low-income and middle-income neighborhoods and rural areas.
This brief helps to illustrate how the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) bridges the needs of low-income working families with promising practices for out-of-school time, relating the experiences of parents in their own voices.
This issue brief outlines steps that public and private sector leaders can guide a comeback effort and build back better following COVID-19.
Once young children reach school age, parents often think the challenge of finding quality child care is behind them. However, many working parents come to realize that finding quality child care for their school-age children can be just as challenging, if not more so.
The Fall 2019 issue of AfterSchool Today, the quarterly magazine of the National Afterschool Association (NAA), contains articles relevant to discussion on quality and equity: Allyship in Racial Equity on page 12, Shifting Systems with mention of WA racial equity policy screen on page 13, and Working Toward a More Equitable Future on pages 14-15.
This issue brief outlines why collaboration between the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is important for a two-generation approach to break the cycle of poverty so parents can focus on their own education, training, and work. It provides beginning steps for collaboration, numerous state examples, and fiscal considerations.
This issue brief includes links to resources to help states create a plan for equal access. It includes links to key program regulations and guidance from Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) on topics like market rate surveys and family co-payments, FAQ and a webinar on the new rule, and recent data like characteristics of families served.
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program is the largest federal funding source for child care, with an investment of $8.1 billion in fiscal year 2019.
The Office of Inspector General's issue brief identifies a concern that if states set payment rates too low, families may not have access to child care providers.