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This report from the Afterschool Alliance summarizes the results of a survey from Fall 2022 of 1,016 providers representing 7,400 centers. The survey found that 1 in 4 providers have not been able to return to pre-pandemic program capacity due to difficulties recruiting and retaining staff; increased costs of running programs; and some issues with demand since many parents are working from home. When asked about supports that would be helpful, the priority was advice about preventing staff burnout and keeping teams engaged.
This website offers strategies and resources for child care providers to support families and children experiencing homelessness. The resources address topics such as understanding homelessness; eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance (ERSEA) in programs, building responsive relationships with families, health and wellness resources for children, supporting staff as they support homeless families, and connecting with community partners. While this website was designed for Head Start, it has many useful resources for school-age.
These briefs summarize research on changes in licensing requirements and policies in every state for child care centers, family child care homes, and group child care homes. They compare 2020 data to that of 2017. Topics covered include staff and provider qualifications and training requirements, child-staff ratios and group sizes, requirements for the care of children, and health and safety requirements for child care facilities. They also include requirements for training licensing staff.
This 2021 study provides updates from a 2018 clearinghouse of data on supports for early childhood program leaders in state-by-state profiles. The most relevant for school-age is data on administrator qualifications in child care licensing standards and in QRIS, as well as which states have administrator credentials. It offers a national overview, data on states, and policy recommendations.
This tool is designed to assist states and territories with calculating the annual and monthly State Median Income (SMI) and Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) used to determine income eligibility and family co-payments for child care subsidy programs. Included are related resources and the tool connects to a Microsoft excel spreadsheet to calculate the SMI; the file is available by emailing [email protected]
This brief presents key findings about state policies and guidance that support students' social and emotional learning (SEL). It showcases the increasing emphasis on SEL, finding that as of 2022, 27 states offer free-standing K-12 SEL competencies and 44 states offer state-specific resources and tools for SEL implementation. It explores reasons for the growth in SEL interest and provides a link to an interactive map that displays SEL competencies, resources, and websites by state.
Out-of-School Time (OST) plays a critical role in supporting working families and in providing children and youth with meaningful relationships, enrichment activities, and social and emotional learning (SEL), which lead to positive developmental outcomes. Additionally, there is a greater-than-ever focus on the potential for OST to support pandemic recovery efforts. To achieve that potential, there needs to be a new investment in the OST workforce.
This brief from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment provides information, research, and examples of equitable strategies to support recruitment, retention, and rejuvenation of the Out-of-School Time (OST) workforce, a top concern for OST programs.
Child care providers must view their meaningful work as a business and plan and prepare for its sustainability and growth. This tip sheet will provide ideas and resources to support sustainable, quality school-age care. Readers will gain a fundamental understanding of budgeting, marketing, and staffing business practices. Additionally, this tip sheet provides a resource that aids in writing survey questions that will accurately measure the opinions, experiences, and behaviors of the communities providers serve.
This issue brief captures lessons learned from a learning community about early educator compensation in seven states (WA, IL, MA, NC, NM, VT, WI) sponsored by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. It explored how we can create sustainable strategies on compensation as the deadline for spending ARPA funds approaches. The strategies and examples include laying groundwork for compensation reform; salary scales and cost modeling; funding mechanisms to address compensation; and building capacity for data collection. A three-page executive summary called State Actions on Early Educator Compensation is also available here https://cscce.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Executive-Summary-Table_Learning-Community-Brief-2023.pdf
This slide deck shares the first findings released from the National Summer Learning and Enrichment Study conducted by Westat about school-run summer programs in 2021 and plans for summer 2022. The representative findings are drawn from 309 Local Education Agencies. 94% of schools offered some kind of summer programming, serving 18% of students enrolled in school the previous year, with finding staffing as the biggest challenge. 76% used ARP funding, with 75% focused on learning recovery and 57% supplementing with social-emotional learning. 80% also indicated plans to offer programs in summer 2022. A final report will be shared in mid-2023.