NCASE Resource Library
This webinar provided an overview of federal stimulus funding, specifically, the American Rescue Plan and the funding available to state and local education agencies, as well as $1.22 billion specified for summer as well as for afterschool. It also included speakers about the USDA meal program, Community Schools, and the American Camp Association on summer.
The National Summer Learning Association has provided more than 40 webinars called the Voices of Summer Webinar Series. The webinars were held between spring 2019 and spring 2021. Presenters include national thought leaders, program providers offering promising practices, and researchers.
This report from National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) examines data from focus groups and interviews conducted with 21 leaders representing 15 national award-winning summer learning programs in September 2020 and data from a survey of 1,047 afterschool and summer providers conducted in partnership with Afterschool Alliance in July and August 2020.
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.
This issue brief is an interview with researcher Jessica Manta-Myer about an evaluation of the Summer Science Project in 10 elementary school sites in CA. The programs were provided with hands-on curriculum, training, and coaching in STEM. Evaluation showed increased knowledge, skills, and confidence for students, and staff confidence in leading STEM, as well as staff retention.
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.
This journal article describes how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can be used as an effective means for staff development with out-of-school time (OST) providers. Based on a research project involving six experienced facilitators, it offers a framework, potential formats, and tips on how to structure PLCs to meet the needs of OST staff and programs.
This report offers important insights into how collaboration across sectors can help state and city systems build a more skilled, sustainable workforce that better supports children and youth.
This report discusses the components of strong continuous quality improvement systems, emphasizing ways to safeguard and sustain such systems. It shares lessons learned from afterschool quality system leaders who took part in a multi-year Wallace-funded initiative for cities.
This website provides links to all issues of Afterschool Matters, a national, peer-reviewed journal aimed at practitioners who develop and manage youth programs, as well as researchers and policymakers. The journal is published two to three times a year; each journal is 48-60 pages. Articles on almost any topic related to school-age care are available here.