NCASE Resource Library
The 2011 NAA national Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs) have been revised in 2021 with an eye toward equity and culturally responsive practices. The retitled Core Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies (CKSCs) reflect updated research and best practices in promoting equity, inclusion, access, and antiracism in youth work.
This webpage from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is focused on the new COVID-19 vaccination recommendation for children aged 5 and older. It provides information on why getting children vaccinated is important, links to help families find vaccines, and data on vaccine safety.
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 activity guide includes 40 activities for youth to learn about the science of COVID-19 and to develop greater social awareness and empathy. It was developed for the State Afterschool Networks (SANs) and has activities useful for out-of-school programs and family child care providers whether offering in-person, virtual, or take-home activities.
This blog highlights key elements of quality in camp experiences, whether virtual or in person, such as building strong relationships and creating safe spaces. It offers frameworks for designing strong programs and as it is a quick but thought-provoking read, it could be an effective tool for staff professional development. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This updated guidance from the CDC includes important information on layered prevention strategies for 2021-2022 while younger children are still not able to be vaccinated. There is information on strategies such as promoting vaccination, mask use, ventilation, social distancing. There are links to state and local information about community spread and vaccination rates.
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.
This resource defines the principles and practices that guide ethical decision-making strategies to ensure safe, nurturing environments and positive relationships in afterschool programs. Ethical responsibilities are organized into four sections: (1) children and youth, (2) families, (3) colleagues, and (4) community and society.
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.
These evidence-based standards foster nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending out-of-school time programs. Originally developed in 2011 and then adopted and disseminated by the National Afterschool Association, the standards were refreshed in 2018.