NCASE Resource Library
This website offers resources on a range topics related to healthy youth development, with the goal of helping users create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs.
This report reviews rigorous large-scale evaluations and meta-analyses to understand the value and effectiveness of out-of-school programs through lenses of content, dosage, and outcomes. It includes recommendations for policy, practice, and funding based on the findings. It also has a separate appendix that summarizes results of primary and secondary outcomes from research.
This issue brief shares three mindfulness practices that can help children who are growing up in a culture that constantly stimulates a stress response. By using mindful breathing, mindful listening, and paying attention to emotions, we can help strengthen neural pathways in the prefrontal cortex to build resilience.
To support SAMHSA Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2018, NCASE is highlighting promising practice resources that support resilience in the Resource Library.
On February 22, 2018 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer (NCASE) hosted a webinar to introduce a new product, the School-Age Consumer Education Toolkit. The Toolkit includes state examples and resources on physical health and development; social and emotional health and development and parent and family engagement. It also includes a video that shows the importance of afte
This video, which is also a part of the School-Age Consumer Education Toolkit, shows the importance of afterschool and summer care for families.
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 tool provides consumer information for what families should know about criminal background checks, including who should have a background check and what is included in state and federal requirements. It links to a state-by-state resource that provides information about licensing, about quality, and also the specifics on each state's criminal background check requirements.
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.