NCASE Resource Library
Staffing shortages preceded the pandemic, but have been exacerbated by them, leading to a drop in capacity to enroll and serve youth at a time that these supports are most needed.
This issue brief outlines eight strategies with state examples for improving child care compensation: (1) compensation scales and standards; (2) wage stipends and bonus payments, (3) tax credits for child care educators; (4) ARPA stabilization subgrants; (5) child care assistance; (6) benefits; (7) appr
This issue brief provides a policy agenda with concrete ways to advance racial equity in early care and learning systems. It has a guiding framework and includes 14 priorities for states and tribes to consider to invest in equity access, experiences, and outcomes.
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 racial equity assessment tool can be used to prevent institutional racism and minimize unanticipated adverse consequences for organizations. It provides a sample of questions to ask when developing proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans, and budgetary documents.
This chapter of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning examines specific issues, current research, and policy questions related to the access and equity frameworks as they are applied to out-of-school time. It outlines strategies so Out-of-School Time (OST) learning is a collaborative engagement between children and staff with social, emotional, cultural, and history-based approaches.
This issue brief focuses on three ways to support the early care and education (ECE) workforce: (1) Increasing access to education and career growth; (2) reinforcing workers overall economic well-being; and (3) improving working conditions. MDRC, which published this article, is launching a new national project to examine a variety of approaches.
This review of existing research on literacy programs for out-of-school time (OST) was conducted as part of an initiative for Philadelphia. It includes evidence on literacy outcomes, staffing, and training needs for tutoring programs, after school and summer programs, and online literacy programs.
This issue brief reviews the benefits of a coordinated systems approach between afterschool and workforce. It provides examples of city afterschool models that provide opportunities for career exploration and building skills in effective communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving.
This guidebook provides a definition of access and how to measure access across different types of settings. It also describes indicators of access, how to measure the indicators, and what data sources exist. While it is primarily designed for birth to age 5, the model can be adapted for use in studying access for school-age care.