NCASE Resource Library
This report builds on previously published data on the needs of family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care to provide recommendations to sustain this important source of care beyond the pandemic. It outlines the need to increase funding for FFN and to the community-based organizations that support them, especially for families and providers of color.
The report includes a rationale for addressing thriving, equity, and development together; exploration of a way to create more powerful definitions to drive systems change efforts; and a deep dive into the dimensions that contribute to individual and collective thriving.
This resource provides a review of tools that programs can use to measure youth outcomes. The outcomes selected include communication, relationships and collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making, initiative, and self-direction. The review includes cost and evidence of reliability and validity.
This executive summary reports on a three-year study of Youth Program Quality Improvement in 87 sites in four states that included quality assessment, improvement plans, coaching by managers, and staff training. The approach led to higher quality instructions across programs even where there was manager turnover, low staff education, and varying adult-youth ratios.
This report discusses the components of strong continuous quality improvement systems, emphasizing ways to safeguard and sustain such systems. It shares lessons learned from afterschool quality system leaders who took part in a multi-year Wallace-funded initiative for cities.