NCASE Resource Library
On September 20, 2018, NCASE facilitated a webinar where participants learned from the experiences of states and programs that have combined different funding sources to support programming. The event included discussion of the benefits and challenges of combining funds, a review of different methods and possible funding sources that support quality out-of-school time (OST) care, and pres
Research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. This resource supports resiliency.
This issue brief explains the concepts of Positive Youth Development (PYD), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Youth Leadership (YL) and how they are related. Embedded in the document are ideas for best practices and additional resources.
This scorecard identifies state policies and guidance to support students social and emotional development (SEL). It provides links to the research and to state-by-state SEL competencies, websites, and resources.
This is an online toolkit for program leaders who want to start or improve an afterschool program. It includes 96 ready-to-use tools that include practical tips and Voices from the Field. For example, there are tools on hiring, conducting a needs assessment, logic model planning, and activity ideas like creating a warm and welcoming environment and homework help.
This updated toolkit provides hands-on activities that can be used with youth or adults to build social and emotional skills, including self and social awareness, self-management, resp
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 issue brief explores how strategies for increased support for expanded learning programs can help reduce the disparities in educational outcomes between student populations. It provides examples from California's efforts to use local funding to enable more lower-income students have access to enrichment opportunities in out-of-school time.
This Practice Brief, the fourth in a periodic series published by the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), was developed following a Peer Learning Community (PLC) designed to strengthen workforce systems to advance both individual career development and program quality.
This brief identifies evidence-based prevention tools that are low-cost targeted strategies for SEL. These "kernels" of practice are easy to implement and helpful for afterschool and summer programs that would be challenged to bring a full SEL curriculum to scale due to time or financial constraints.