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This webinar by the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability provides an overview on the impact of improved subsidy practices on provider budgets and CCDF budgets. It includes how the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC) can be used for a narrow cost analysis or to estimate program costs associated with various policy decisions. The focus is on the Lead Agency steps for internal use of the PCQC, and considerations for using the default values for operating costs or incorporating Lead Agency-specific data.
This report by the Children's Equity Project, Child Care Aware of America, and Equity Research Action Coalition addresses the flaws in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) around equity by reviewing 11 of the 14 equity indicators developed by the Children's Equity Project. States can use these indicators to inform QRIS redesign efforts to advance equity and improve transparency for families. This resource supports equity.
This webinar includes panelists who share how afterschool programs are well-positioned to provide work-based learning opportunities for older youth by providing them with employment experiences in elementary school programs. The panel shares examples two examples from CA where high school students work in afterschool or summer programs which can create a pipeline into careers in the out-of-school field as well as an on-ramp into education careers.
This panel includes representatives from the Administration for Children and Families, the Department of Labor, and the Education Department to explore the potential of registered apprenticeships to help build a pipeline into early care and education and address the workforce shortage. It includes a definition for registered apprenticeships, components in developing, and many resources through the Department of Labor.
This webinar by Grantmakers for Education explored how to use an asset frame in creating positive out-of-school-time spaces for youth from populations that are often marginalized. It included panelists from the National Urban League, the Wallace Foundation, the Chicago Urban Institute, Wellesley College, the Cheyenne Youth Project, and Maven Youth. It includes two program examples as well as feedback from Wellesley College interviews and focus groups with youth about equity issues. This resource supports equity.
This report builds on previously published data on the needs of family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care to provide recommendations to sustain this important source of care beyond the pandemic. It outlines the need to increase funding for FFN and to the community-based organizations that support them, especially for families and providers of color. It also recommends ensuring that training and supports are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Many state examples are provided.
This guide by the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations provides coaches with a reflective tool to examine program practices through a lens of culturally responsive practice and to identify implicit bias. It includes coach reflection questions, a way to identify issues and provide feedback, resources, and tips on working through resistance. While this tool is designed for Pyramid Model coaches and for early childhood, the reflection questions can be helpful both for afterschool staff and for coaches to strengthen culturally responsive practice. This resource supports equity.
This easy-to-understand booklet reviews the federal laws on inclusion and what they require and prohibit. It clarifies who qualifies for protection under these laws and examines how the laws apply to an OST program. It assesses the need for case-by-case assessments, reasonable accommodations, and communication access. It also includes tips and information on when accommodations are not “reasonable.” This resource supports equity.
This toolkit by the Child Care State Capacity Building Center provides extensive resources and links to help programs create an emergency preparedness plan. It is divided into four sections for before, during, and after a disaster, plus additional resources. The information is presented in a question and answer format with resources and links for each section. For more information on this topic, also see the NCASE Toolkit on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery at: https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/ncase-resource-library/ost-emergency-preparedness-response-and-recovery-toolkit This resource supports resilience. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
The National Conference of State Legislatures provides this toolkit on youth homelessness to support the estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults who experience homelessness each year. 700,000 of those youth are unaccompanied minors and the risk factors include family conflict, sexual orientation or sexual activity, school problems, and/or substance abuse. The toolkit includes sections on causes and consequences, definitions, federal policy, state legislative action, and a rich array of resources.