NCASE Resource Library
This implementation guide from the Office of Child Care focuses on the use of contracts to stabilize child care and support overall improvements to the child care system. Potential challenges to using contracts are identified and strategies and resources are offered to overcome concerns. State examples are provided. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
The Office of Child Care strongly recommends CCDF Lead Agencies use funds to expand access to high-quality child care by increasing the use of contracts or grants.
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.
On March 24, 2022, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted “Summer: The Great Equalizer” webinar to highlight the importance of addressing the summer learning loss experienced by children who do not have access to high-quality summer programs.
During the school year, children in both affluent and historically marginalized student groups benefit from learning resources that are available due to access to public education.
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of resources focused on addressing equity in Out-of-School Time.
Inequity is commonly associated with groups that suffer from discrimination related to their race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities.
On November 30, 2021, NCASE hosted the webinar, “Addressing Equity in Out-of-School Time.” During the webinar participants had the opportunity to: learn about and share initiatives that support equity in Out-of-School Time (OST); gain an understanding of a culturally rooted Tribal OST program that supports children, family, and community, and explore a new brief&n
The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with increased attention to issues of racial injustice. Federal support, including funding, is available to rebuild early childhood and Out-of-School time (OST) care, to address inequities that have historically diminished opportunities for children and families.
On September 15, 2021, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted “Supporting Out-of-School Time Through the American Rescue Plan Act” webinar.