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This report includes 34 standards for social-emotional learning practices in school-age settings from the Weikart Center for Program Quality, the Forum for Youth Investment, and the Wallace Foundation. There are 6 domains of standards: (1) emotion management, (2) empathy, (3) teamwork, (4) responsibility, (5) initiative, and (6) problem solving, plus a section on curriculum features. Each domain includes anecdotes from staff in the 17 Bright Futures sites in Michigan that participated in the development of the standards and there are case studies about the implementation of the standards in 3 program sites.
This 3-part podcast series on social-emotional learning (SEL) explores with researchers from Harvard's EASEL program: (1) What Is SEL and How It Has Evolved, (2) High-quality SEL and the New Navigating SEL Guide, and (3) The Intersection of SEL and Equity. Although primarily focused on schools, the ideas apply to OST, too. The companion SEL program guide can be found here.
This issue brief by Temescal Associates and the How Kids Learn Foundation is designed to help AfterSchool staff understand and respond to the needs of youth who are grieving or experiencing loss due to the pandemic, the opioid crisis, or rising gun and racial violence. It reviews topics such as prevalence, effects on young people, grief-responsive teaching, and self-care for adults. There is also an in-depth webinar that features the author and panelists.
In this town-hall-style webinar from February 2, 2022, the American Camp Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Camp Nursing (ACN) cover the latest information on the coronavirus. Panelists reviewed recent changes to CDC guidance, and current information related to testing, quarantining, and vaccination.
Given the growing momentum for a better approach to rate setting, Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies (P5FS) has developed this guide to using cost estimation modeling to set subsidy rates, informed by experience working with New Mexico and the District of Columbia as well as dozens of other states and communities in recent years. The guide reviews costs to be included in a cost estimation model. It outlines a 4-stage process states can use including stakeholder engagement, data collection, model building, and scenario development. See this related webinar on Home-Based Child Care and Cost Estimation Modeling.
First 10, a project of Education Development Center, focuses on coordinated, cross-sector efforts to improve teaching, learning, and care during the first decade of children’s lives. This blog explores how First 10 Transition to Kindergarten communities are funded, how they are advancing equity by using this funding to support children and families who live in low-income households, and how some partnerships are combining First 10 with anti-racism efforts.
This engaging webinar and panel explores what it will take to make Summer 2022 successful. Panelists shared out information on evidence-based practices like attendance, duration, site climate, and staffing. Program directors had tips on summer planning, designing a balanced program to support whole child needs, and partnerships with school and community.
This webinar series is sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center. There are nearly 3 million American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) living in the United States. However, too often the needs of tribal communities are an afterthought to Congress and policymakers. The first webinar includes a former Senator from ND and a professor on tribal issues to explore current disparities in children's services and ways to close these disparities. The second webinar features public officials from MN on model tribal-state collaboration; the link is here. The third webinar is on tribes and states working together and features speakers from OR and NM; the link is here. The fourth webinar highlights best practices at Salish Kootenai College Tribal Child Care Center in Pablo, Montana; the link is here.
This resource supports equity.
This report by Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies provides a detailed summary of the process and the findings from New Mexico's cost study and cost estimation model in their effort to inform subsidy rate setting. The report shares cost of quality across age ranges, including school-age, and levels of quality in QRIS. Findings include that current subsidy rates are insufficient to cover the true cost of quality, and that program financial viability increases when serving mixed-age groups.
The unique needs and challenges for families needing Out-of-School Time (OST) child care are often unknown or overlooked. Their needs vary much more than they do for younger children due to the challenges created by balancing work schedules with school schedules.
This tip sheet is designed to help Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies and other policymakers reflect on current policies and practices and how they impact access to high-quality child care for school-age children, and it offers additional ideas for promoting more equitable outcomes in child care systems.
This resource is available in Spanish.