NCASE Resource Library
On October 5, 2016 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment and the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance came together to offer an interactive webinar session to help better understand the needs of States, Territories, and Tribes around supporting school-age children in family child care.
Decades of research has documented what is referred to as the “summer slide" – the impact of summer vacation’s learning loss on the educational achievement of children, particularly low-income children. The achievement gap is not really a result of “summer slide” alone but the cumulative effect that begins with school readiness.
Professional development systems (PDS) and quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are two important subsystems of the comprehensive early childhood and school-age system. State and Territory leaders can use this self-assessment tool to guide alignment across similar system functions.
This website provides links to all issues of Afterschool Matters, a national, peer-reviewed journal aimed at practitioners who develop and manage youth programs, as well as researchers and policymakers. The journal is published two to three times a year; each journal is 48-60 pages. Articles on almost any topic related to school-age care are available here.
One of the goals of the Child Care Development Fund is to increase access to high-quality child care for children in families of low income. On August 11, 2016 the National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted a webinar to learn about emerging strategies for intertwining subsidy with quality in school-age care.
Summer learning is a key solution to closing academic and opportunity gaps that affect many communities across the country. When children continue to learn during the summer, they are healthier, safer, and smarter, and their schools and communities are more successful.
Brief on the components of a quality school-age program and why quality matters.
This report is a summary from a national afterschool conference. It provides details from mayors, program providers, system leaders, and researchers on a range of system building issues including quality improvement and measurement of afterschool performance.
This online module is designed to train program and fiscal leaders to work together. It comes with printable resources like a budget form and a game to encourage teamwork.
This article outlines the dual importance of building the capacity of educators and of families who have successful family engagement. There are links to other valuable resources.