NCASE Resource Library
The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with increased attention to issues of racial injustice. Federal support, including funding, is available to rebuild early childhood and Out-of-School time (OST) care, to address inequities that have historically diminished opportunities for children and families.
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 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 summarizes how afterschool and summer programs can support positive outcomes like relationships and relationship skills, sense of agency, and identify development. It includes links to research.
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 report summarizes research on changes in licensing requirements and policies for child care centers, family child care homes, and group care homes. It compares 2017 data to that of 2014.
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.