NCASE Resource Library
This Practice Brief, the fourth in a periodic series published by the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), was developed following a Peer Learning Community (PLC) designed to strengthen workforce systems to advance both individual career development and program quality.
This issue brief provides an overview of social emotional learning (SEL) and character-building opportunities as well as challenges for expanded learning programs. It includes numerous SEL activities and resources on character education at both the program and organizational level. This resource supports resilience.
This fact sheet helps families, caregivers, and teachers recognize common reactions of children, by age group, after experiencing a disaster or traumatic events. It offers tips on how to respond in a helpful way and useful resources.
This brief outlines five core executive function/self-regulation skills needed for success in life: (1) planning, (2) focus, (3) self-control, (4) awareness, and (5) flexibility.
This research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. The children have physical activities and receive nutrition information in a program that has expanded to 2,200 schools in 4 states. The research found that as a result of involvement, family perceptions and habits on physical activities and nutrition have shifted.
This issue brief provides a concise overview of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches that are specific to afterschool, as well as those designed for use across settings. It provides principles and considerations for adapting school-based SEL programs for OST.
This issue brief reviews the common knowledge of school-based programs designed to build social-emotional competence in middle and high school years. It reviews exemplary programs on skill-focused promotion, academic integration, teaching practices, and organizational reform.
This issue brief provides case studies of best practices in four exemplary summer programs that provide engaging STEM opportunities. The programs in Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan, and Kentucky produce positive outcomes on grades, standardized test scores, social-emotional competence, and graduation rates.
This report introduces the concept of child care deserts, where there is limited or no access to high quality child care.
This issue brief describes the Washington pilot and evaluation results of a quality assessment and improvement process. This was a cross-sector effort with 50 programs that included family child care homes, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and school-age child care centers.