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This news report links to a lengthy report by AIR researchers that analyzed 10 years of data from the nation’s largest public school district and found that in-school or out-of-school suspensions did not reduce future misbehavior, nor result in improved academic achievement for peers, or perceptions of positive school climate. The data indicate that the more severe the exclusionary discipline, the greater the negative effects on students’ future academic performance, attendance, and behavior. Given that students who are Black and special needs are disproportionately disciplined, these data matter for equity reasons. This resource supports equity.
These 26 social-emotional check-in activities are designed for K-12 students and can be especially helpful in keeping the focus on relationships and social-emotional learning during COVID, when youth need to feel supported and build skills to cope, heal, and thrive. These activities are designed for in-person programs. Once you enter your email address you can download the curriculum. A companion piece for distance learning can be found at: https://girlsleadership.org/professional-development-training/free-social-emotional-check-ins-for-distance-learning/ This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
On September 15, 2021, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted “Supporting Out-of-School Time Through the American Rescue Plan Act” webinar.
During this webinar participants: learned how ARP Act funds from the Department of Education and the Office of Child Care can support OST providers; gained an understanding from the Afterschool Alliance on how these funds are impacting the OST field and the role that OST intermediaries, such as State Afterschool Networks, play in supporting providers; explored resources designed to support CCDF Lead Agencies, Out-of-School Time program providers, and technical assistance providers with the stimulus funds.
As parents and caregivers support their children in their growth and development, they have many opportunities for talking about and modeling kindness and inclusion. This tip sheet, Equity in Action: Tips for Parents and Caregivers, encourages parents and caregivers to reflect on the things they already do with their children to help them learn and practice equity. Building on these ideas, this resource suggests additional activities that families can make part of their routines to build a strong sense of social justice as children grow up and form their own identity.
NCASE has also developed a tip sheet for providers, Equity in Action: Tips for School-Age Child Care Providers, designed to build their capacity to support equity and inclusion in their work with children, families, and staff.
Creating a safe, welcoming space where children learn and thrive, and where families feel supported, is a hallmark of high-quality school-age child care. This resource, Equity in Action: Tips for School-Age Child Care Providers, is designed to build the capacity of school-age child care providers in supporting equity and inclusion. Recognizing that staff and administrators are already taking many steps to be inclusive and equitable in their programs, NCASE created this tip sheet to promote reflection on current practices and to offer additional ideas for pursuing equity in working with children, families, and staff.
NCASE has also developed a tip sheet for parents and caregivers, Equity in Action: Tips for Parents and Caregivers, focused on helping them engage with their children around equity and inclusion in the near term and long term.
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 report highlights four main learnings about what it takes to bring an engaging, impactful summer learning model to scale: (1) thinking beyond boundaries, (2) cultivating a diverse network, (3) focusing on cross-cutting skills, and (4) measuring and learning together.
This comprehensive guide on preventing child abuse and neglect uses a strength-based framework and recognizes that there are actions we can take to address root causes and provide meaningful support. The guide provides information on resources and partners, and how to build protective systems and policies using a public health approach, acknowledging families' lived wisdom. It includes easy-to-use conversation guides presented in Spanish and English for working with families on building protective factors. This resource supports resilience.
Based on research, a review of policies across states, and interviews with six states about the impacts of various policies, this report identifies common challenges and promising strategies for increasing access and supports to subsidized child care for families experiencing homelessness. Seven recommendations are promoted along with concrete examples of best practices from various states.
On June 30, 2021 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) facilitated the webinar, Supporting and Promoting Mental Health in Out-of-School Time. During the webinar, NCASE introduced a new Voices from the Field brief which shares research and information on the current mental health needs of school-age children, their families, and the Out-of-School Time (OST) workforce. Participants also learned about state and local initiatives that promote positive mental health and social and emotional development, and considered and shared practices and resources to meet the demand for mental health supports at different levels.
States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will award stabilization subgrants to eligible child care providers. This interactive map will lead to links for state and territory specific subgrant information and applications to help stabilize child care operations so that they may continue to provide care. This resource may help in planning for use of federal stimulus funds.