NCASE Resource Library
This easy-to-understand booklet reviews the federal laws on inclusion and what they require and prohibit. It clarifies who qualifies for protection under these laws and examines how the laws apply to an OST program. It assesses the need for case-by-case assessments, reasonable accommodations, and communication access.
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.
This 3-part podcast series on social-emotional learning (SEL) explores with researchers from Harvard's EASEL program: (1) What Is SEL and How It Has Evolved, (2) High-quality SEL and the New Navigating SEL Guide, and (3) The Intersection of SEL and Equity. Although primarily focused on schools, the ideas apply to OST, too.
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.
Based on a survey of parents or guardians of school-aged children living in a rural community, this blog provides insights into the current afterschool and summer program landscape in rural America, in particular the significant and rising unmet demand in rural communities.
The 2011 NAA national Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs) have been revised in 2021 with an eye toward equity and culturally responsive practices. The retitled Core Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies (CKSCs) reflect updated research and best practices in promoting equity, inclusion, access, and antiracism in youth work.
States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will award stabilization subgrants to eligible child care providers. This interactive map will lead to links for state and territory specific subgrant information and applications to help stabilize child care operations so that they may continue to provide care. This resource may help in planning for use of federal stimulus funds.
This slide show provides a summary of what parents, teachers, and Out-of-School Time (OST) providers want in summer programs for 2021 based on a combination of focus groups, interviews, and 3,031 surveys. Results indicate that parents want summer programs to prioritize their children’s social and emotional health.
This classic online calculator lets you determine the costs of a variety of high quality afterschool programs and the summer portions of year-round programs. The cost estimates were updated in 2021 to reflect changes in general cost of living and the relative cost of living across cities.
This blog by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time highlights what their research staff learned this past summer about high-quality practices in virtual programs based on conducting observations of more than 200 hours of online academic and general enrichment programming. The focus is on tips for activity design, youth engagement, and technology.