NCASE Resource Library
For the first time, an analysis of America After 3PM data examines the experience of children with special needs and disabilities in afterschool programs compared to the overall population of afterschool children.
This brief highlights the benefits of participation in 21st CCLCs based on their statewide evaluations. Benefits include: promoting academic growth; keeping kids connected and building relationships; engaging, inspiring, and motivating students; and preparing youth for life after high school.
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 provides strategies and state examples for increasing workforce compensation. It includes ideas on hiring and retention bonuses, wage increases, increasing access to benefits, and changing policies. This resource may help in planning for use of federal stimulus funds.
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 issue brief explores Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) and how these funds can support summer and afterschool programs. It reviews amount of ESSER funds for each state, what the funds can be used for, and how programs can access these funds through grants and contracts. It also includes examples of how CT, GA, NH, UT, and WV are using the funds.
This report explores ways to cover the true cost of high quality child care in order to meet the needs of children, families, and the broader economy. By creating a new and equitable financial model for child care, it will ensure that care is affordable for families, that the workforce is compensated at a living wage, and that programs have resources to meet high quality standards.
This updated research brief provides a summary of key evaluations on the impact of afterschool programs during the pandemic.
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 issue brief identifies policy opportunities to strengthen school-age child care, based on findings drawn from a literature review, case studies of five afterschool programs, and inputs from experts in the field.