NCASE Resource Library
Apprenticeships are industry-driven career pathways that combine classroom instruction, on-the-job training (paid work experience), and mentorship, generally leading to a nationally recognized credential or degree. They are gaining momentum in Out-of-School Time (OST) as an alternate career pathway that supports equity in the workforce.
The unique needs and challenges for families needing Out-of-School Time (OST) child care are often unknown or overlooked. Their needs vary much more than they do for younger children due to the challenges created by balancing work schedules with school schedules.
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) recognizes the importance of supporting system-level leaders and program professionals as they develop resources and opportunities to address racial equity and inclusion in serving school-age children and their families.
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of resources focused on supporting the out-of-school time (OST) workforce. This publication, NCASE Workforce Resources, is part of a series compiling NCASE resources on a particular theme for the benefit of state, territory, and tribal Lead Agencies and their designated networks.
This journal article documents one OST director’s journey through the process of becoming credentialed. It explores fears and challenges and what she—and her program participants, families, and staff—ultimately gained from the process. This story can bring a personal experience to life for state system planners creating or supporting a school-age credential.