NCASE Resource Library
This special Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) addition to the IN Afterschool Standards outlines best practices to address the needs of diverse youth and the offering of quality and culturally-responsive programming.
Online learning environments, like physical learning environments, provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, and practice skills. In virtual learning spaces, educators must still plan program goals and a sequence of learning experiences, employ experiential education, build relationships, and promote positive youth development.
This issue brief and its video clips explore trauma-informed practices implemented in a Nashville, TN school. While the strategies are implemented in a school, the information and the videos on a whole-school approach, peace corners, mentor relationships, and teacher supports are relevant for out-of-school programs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
Child Care Aware created this web-based school-age program checklist to help families select a high quality school-age program. It has questions on topics like health and safety, indoor and outdoor environment, caregiver-child interactions, staff qualifications, and parent partnerships. There is a link to print out the five-page checklist.
This video, produced by Temescal Associates, How Kids Learn Foundation, and Change Agent Productions, provides a unique overview of the important role afterschool has played in American history, beginning in the 1880's with the age of industrialization.
This video on social-emotional learning (SEL) examines core capabilities known as executive function and self-regulation skills. It explores what these skills are, why they are important, how they develop, and how they are negatively affected by stress for children, adolescents, and adult caregivers. This resource supports resilience.
This journal article describes the Center for Study of Social Policy's Youth Thrive Framework that is based on how the research on resilience, positive youth development, neuroscience, and trauma can help lead to healthy development and well-being for youth. There are multiple examples of how the Framework can be used to modify frontline practice, policy, and organizational culture.
Rosemarie Allen, Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence, proposes that we reduce school and child care suspensions and expulsions by shifting the behaviors of adults. She recommends that we increase adult efforts to teach pro-social skills, and look for what is good, right, and best about each child.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization of 2016 includes requirements for health and safety training. This resource provides information on health and safety professional training for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers, as required by state, plus access to research-based online training modules.