NCASE Resource Library
This blog points out that there is a clear need to invest in and expand early care and education programs that serve Native American children and families. Federal law often sets funding levels as a percentage of total authorization without determining funding based on tribal populations or needs that reflect disproportionately higher unemployment and poverty.
This special Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) addition to the IN Afterschool Standards outlines best practices to address the needs of diverse youth and the offering of quality and culturally-responsive programming.
This blog by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time highlights what their research staff learned this past summer about high-quality practices in virtual programs based on conducting observations of more than 200 hours of online academic and general enrichment programming. The focus is on tips for activity design, youth engagement, and technology.
Child Care Aware created this web-based school-age program checklist to help families select a high quality school-age program. It has questions on topics like health and safety, indoor and outdoor environment, caregiver-child interactions, staff qualifications, and parent partnerships. There is a link to print out the five-page checklist.
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 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.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization of 2016 includes requirements for health and safety training. This resource provides information on health and safety professional training for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers, as required by state, plus access to research-based online training modules.