NCASE Resource Library
These 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. The activities can be useful in times of distance learning, as well as in-person programs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This tool provides a four-step process to create a program sustainability plan. It suggests that the program create a team that will: (1) identify sustainability goals, (2) build a financial plan, (3) build capacity to leverage resources and partnerships, and (4) create a long-range strategic plan. It provides guiding questions for each step of the planning process and an action plan.
The purpose of this playbook is to provide a long-term and sustainable framework for planning and executing evidence-based practices and partnerships for high-quality summer programs. It has a user-friendly design and includes sections on quality, safety, policies and funding, planning, and partnerships.
This toolkit includes issue briefs created by the Utah Afterschool on topics such as how to run a safe program, how to find a new location, and how to recruit and retain staff. It also includes links to related resources and a spreadsheet with fall reopening plans for each school district. A related tool is the Align for Success Toolkit about afterschool-school partnerships.
This guide provides engaging activities and challenges to be used for youth-serving summer programs, whether running virtually or in-person, or to send digitally to families. It is organized to support four different age groups (5-9), (10-12), (13-15), (16-18). The first unit was released May 27, 2020 and subsequent units will be released in two-week increments.
This toolkit includes resources for training on trauma-informed social-emotional learning in the classroom. There is a PowerPoint slide deck, a workshop facilitator guide, and a supplemental handout. It includes information on ACES and trauma, systemic adversity and historical trauma, concrete and evidence-based strategies on trauma-informed strategies, and educator self-care.
This toolkit provides parents and other caregivers ways to support their children’s learning outside of the classroom. It was updated March 13, 2020. It offers a range of different types of free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills at home or in group care, especially while schools are closed. Targeted ages vary by resource.
Coaching is one of the most effective ways to support staff and to improve program quality. With its focus on relationships, strengths-based practices, communication, and coaching strategies like reflective practice and building leadership capacity, this guide could be very helpful for leaders of programs in any stage of development.
These updated standards of best practice for afterschool/out-of-school (OST) time programs were developed by the Council on Accreditation in consultation with leading organizations in the field. They reflect the latest thinking in key practices that are critical for the healthy developmental growth of children and youth through participation in OST programs.
Family child care (FCC) plays an important role in meeting the needs of families with school-age children. This tool offers a framework for assessing local, regional, and state policies and practices to ensure they support access to high-quality FCC options.