NCASE Resource Library
This issue brief provides an overview of the prevalence of mental health issues for children and youth. It explores how schools are often the de facto mental health system for children; therefore, schools could be a first step for afterschool programs wanting partnerships for support on mental health needs.
This brief presents a framework that broadens our understanding of how, when, and where youth learn. It recommends ways for how youth development organizations can build partnerships with schools, juvenile justice, foster care, and families to support growth and development. It provides city examples.
This issue brief describes the importance and impact of involving families in youth development programs. It presents examples of how programs that are part of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development have used three strategies to engage families: communication, participation, and partnerships.
This issue brief provides an overview of social emotional learning (SEL) and character-building opportunities as well as challenges for expanded learning programs. It includes numerous SEL activities and resources on character education at both the program and organizational level. This resource supports resilience.
This step-by-step guide offers practical instructions on how to develop a local campaign to create a ballot initiative focused on providing a dedicated, sustainable stream of funding for early childhood, out-of-school time, violence prevention, and mental health programs.
This fact sheet helps families, caregivers, and teachers recognize common reactions of children, by age group, after experiencing a disaster or traumatic events. It offers tips on how to respond in a helpful way and useful resources.
This research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. The children have physical activities and receive nutrition information in a program that has expanded to 2,200 schools in 4 states. The research found that as a result of involvement, family perceptions and habits on physical activities and nutrition have shifted.
This tool provides consumer information for what families should know about criminal background checks, including who should have a background check and what is included in state and federal requirements. It links to a state-by-state resource that provides information about licensing, about quality, and also the specifics on each state's criminal background check requirements.
This issue brief provides a concise overview of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches that are specific to afterschool, as well as those designed for use across settings. It provides principles and considerations for adapting school-based SEL programs for OST.
This issue brief reviews the common knowledge of school-based programs designed to build social-emotional competence in middle and high school years. It reviews exemplary programs on skill-focused promotion, academic integration, teaching practices, and organizational reform.