NCASE Resource Library
The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with increased attention to issues of racial injustice. Federal support, including funding, is available to rebuild early childhood and Out-of-School time (OST) care, to address inequities that have historically diminished opportunities for children and families.
This issue brief explores Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) and how these funds can support summer and afterschool programs. It reviews amount of ESSER funds for each state, what the funds can be used for, and how programs can access these funds through grants and contracts. It also includes examples of how CT, GA, NH, UT, and WV are using the funds.
This report explores ways to cover the true cost of high quality child care in order to meet the needs of children, families, and the broader economy. By creating a new and equitable financial model for child care, it will ensure that care is affordable for families, that the workforce is compensated at a living wage, and that programs have resources to meet high quality standards.
This issue brief identifies policy opportunities to strengthen school-age child care, based on findings drawn from a literature review, case studies of five afterschool programs, and inputs from experts in the field.
This issue brief provides background information about the structures of child care costs and revenues and shows how the pandemic has affected the financial picture of providers. The paper also describes implementation issues for allocating financial resources to stabilize child care programs and the workforce. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
There are four issue briefs as part of Reviewing State Policies series: (1) Supporting Financial Stability for Providers; (2) Child Care Ratios and Class Sizes; (3) Protecting Health and Safety; and (4) Support for Families. Each brief provides an overview about state policies emerging during this time of COVID-19, with multiple state policy examples that other states can learn from.
This issue brief explores how COVID-related school closures are likely to effect children’s academic progress, access to resources, and overall health and wellbeing and how systemic inequities exacerbate the impact for some groups.
This issue brief outlines steps that public and private sector leaders can guide a comeback effort and build back better following COVID-19.
This issue brief provides recommendations for how to best support home-based child care providers during COVID-19, recognizing that this is an especially important part of the supply right now, and was already seeing instability and a decline in providers.
This brief outlines the state of rural afterschool resources. Currently, only 13 percent of rural children participate in afterschool programs compared with 25 percent of urban children; these discrepancies are due to barriers including diverse funding sources, transportation, facilities, staffing, and programming supports.