NCASE Resource Library
This document provides an overview of some general characteristics of state child care licensing regulations for summer programs and day camps.
This issue brief presents research-based strategies for promoting youth leadership and responsibility, as well as choice and autonomy. The strategies for increasing voice and choice and leadership opportunities are divided into elementary school, middle school, and high school.
This infographic provides useful information about the significant impact to school-age children during summer months, in the absence of quality summer programs.
This issue brief identifies 6 elements of coordinated community system-building efforts including: (1) shared vision; (2) engaged leadership; (3) continuous quality improvement; (4) data management; (5) sustainable resources, and (6) marketing/communications. It includes promising practices from a number of city and state planning efforts.
This article presents recommendations from the RAND Corporation report, "Getting to Work on Summer Learning." Specifically, it focuses on those recommendations related to the hiring and training of teachers for school district-run summer learning programs.
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.
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.
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.
In May and June 2016, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted the "Summer Learning: Promising Practices and Innovation Strategies" webinar to share information about the critical issues related to summer learning for the school-age care community.
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.