NCASE Resource Library
This issue brief explores Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) and how these funds can support summer and afterschool programs. It reviews amount of ESSER funds for each state, what the funds can be used for, and how programs can access these funds through grants and contracts. It also includes examples of how CT, GA, NH, UT, and WV are using the funds.
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.
These webinars feature thought leaders, researchers, journalists, and award-winning program leaders who share practices and research. November 16, 2020 included providers sharing promising practices during the pandemic. November 17 included journalists to explore how the election might shape the landscape and leaders who talked about legislation needed right now.
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.
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 article explores the challenges and potential of school-afterschool partnerships. Based on interviews with school administrators, afterschool leaders, and front-line staff in three schools, the findings reveal both disconnections and opportunities for fuller communication and collaboration.
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 issue brief identifies 6 elements of coordinated community system-building efforts including: (1) shared vision; (2) engaged leadership; (3) continuous quality improvement; (4) data management; (5) sustainable resources, and (6) marketing/communications. It includes promising practices from a number of city and state planning efforts.