NCASE Resource Library
This brief presents one city’s efforts to engage huge numbers of children and youth in summer programming through the strategic use of extensive public-private partnerships. It offers to other cities a promising model for bringing together program leaders, schools and universities, city planners, philanthropists, businesses, and researchers to benefit children.
The Help Kids Recover website offers important information about federal stimulus funding available through the American Rescue Plan including the funding apportionment per state, examples of how states are using recovery funding, examples of partnerships in action at different levels (e.g., state, school district, school), contacts for afterschool state networks, and evidence-based strategies.
For this report, the Chicago teen program, After School Matters, partnered with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct surveys to understand three key topics as they relate to the unique circumstances of summer 2020: (1) teen experiences, (2) instructor experiences, and (3) program quality.
This webinar, facilitated by Attendance Works, explores how schools, public agencies, and community partners can use attendance and participation data to organize and tailor summer programs. It suggests a 4-step framework: (1) establish a team; (2) identify priority groups of students to reach; (3) craft engagement strategies; and (4) reflect, learn, and improve.
This town hall provided recent developments on COVID-19 planning for Summer 2021 camps. It includes helpful research from Tufts University on effective non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) from Summer 2020, with the recommendation that camps continue to use the effective strategies for the coming summer. Camp directors from Wisconsin shared their experiences.
This field guide has been revised for Summer 2021 camps. It includes 14 sections on basics on screening and preventing COVID-19 and a new section on vaccines. It has revised information on testing and non pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) that will still be critical in 2021 given the rate of COVID-19 and the risks from highly contagious variants.
This webinar explores issues related to virtual summer camp programming. A panel of three practitioners from different types of camps share their experiences and expertise in online programming.
This guide provides engaging activities and challenges to be used for youth-serving summer programs, whether running virtually or in-person, or to send digitally to families. It is organized to support four different age groups (5-9), (10-12), (13-15), (16-18). The first unit was released May 27, 2020 and subsequent units will be released in two-week increments.
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.
This toolkit provides parents and other caregivers ways to support their children’s learning outside of the classroom. It was updated March 13, 2020. It offers a range of different types of free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills at home or in group care, especially while schools are closed. Targeted ages vary by resource.