NCASE Resource Library
This issue brief provides a policy agenda with concrete ways to advance racial equity in early care and learning systems. It has a guiding framework and includes 14 priorities for states and tribes to consider to invest in equity access, experiences, and outcomes.
This issue brief explores youth civic engagement and activism through its history, the benefits, and why youth participate. It includes a discussion of challenges, barriers, and recommendations along with examples. There are also interviews with youth and researchers, and a robust list of resources.
This practice brief explores some of the current mental health needs of school-age children, their families, and the OST workforce. In addition, this brief discusses the social and emotional constructs that promote resilience, as well as examples of mental health supports that states and local jurisdictions can consider for collaborative implementation.
This webpage includes links to briefs that identify interventions and practices important in afterschool settings that serve children ages 6-12. These briefs emerged from a study based on a literature review and case studies of five afterschool programs serving disadvantaged youth with a focus on supporting social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health.
This NCASE practice brief explores challenges and promising practices to support school-age children in accessing high-quality experiences in home-based child
The Urban Institute conducted research in CT, OK, and D.C. to understand which families work nontraditional hour care (NTH). The study found that NTH work schedules are more common for families who already face challenges because of structural racism and systemic inequities including those who are Black and Latinx, low-income, lower levels of education, and one-parent families.
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 background information about the structures of child care costs and revenues and shows how the pandemic has affected the financial picture of providers. The paper also describes implementation issues for allocating financial resources to stabilize child care programs and the workforce. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This policy brief summarizes findings from 22 focus groups with family child care (FCC) providers in CA, FL, MA, and WI during spring 2020. It reviews challenges that FCC providers faced as they provided care during the pandemic and the strengths they have that make them uniquely suited to respond to child care needs.
The Afterschool Alliance's webpage on COVID-19 offers a rich array of resources to help support Out-of-School Time (OST) system builders, administrators, and practitioners in navigating the challenges of the pandemic as they strive to effectively serve children, families, and providers.