NCASE Resource Library
This infographic is designed to assist directors in making decisions about re-opening youth programs and camps during the pandemic. It asks the main questions about re-opening, about health and safety practices, and about continued monitoring of child and staff health. It reminds directors to also check on guidance provided by state and local health officials.
Through a survey, this research study explored what Out-of-School Time (OST) program staff need in order to feel better prepared to support the inclusion of school-aged children with special needs in their programs. Results indicated that professional development on inclusion is key to success. These findings can inform policy and programmatic decisions on professional development.
This journal article documents one OST director’s journey through the process of becoming credentialed. It explores fears and challenges and what she—and her program participants, families, and staff—ultimately gained from the process. This story can bring a personal experience to life for state system planners creating or supporting a school-age credential.
This article explores the challenges and potential of school-afterschool partnerships. Based on interviews with school administrators, afterschool leaders, and front-line staff in three schools, the findings reveal both disconnections and opportunities for fuller communication and collaboration.
This journal article describes the Center for Study of Social Policy's Youth Thrive Framework that is based on how the research on resilience, positive youth development, neuroscience, and trauma can help lead to healthy development and well-being for youth. There are multiple examples of how the Framework can be used to modify frontline practice, policy, and organizational culture.
This journal article describes how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can be used as an effective means for staff development with out-of-school time (OST) providers. Based on a research project involving six experienced facilitators, it offers a framework, potential formats, and tips on how to structure PLCs to meet the needs of OST staff and programs.
This infographic summarizes data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education on home-based care. The focus is limited to children aged birth to five years. Data is provided about the number of providers and number of children being served in three categories: (1) listed, (2) unlisted paid, and (3) unlisted unpaid.
This infographic lists the 10 categories of the NAA (National Afterschool Association) core knowledge and competencies (CKCs). The CKCs articulate what professionals need to know and be able to do for a program to be considered high quality. This infographic presents the 10 core knowledge areas in an easy-to-read-and-remember format.
Based on the knowledge that strong, positive family relationships are good for children and youth, this easy-to-digest infographic provides suggestions on how to create growth-enhancing family relationships. The 20 suggestions for action are divided into 5 categories--(1) express care; (2) share power; (3) challenge growth; (4) provide support; and (5) expand possibilities.