NCASE Resource Library
Decades of research has documented what is referred to as the “summer slide" – the impact of summer vacation’s learning loss on the educational achievement of children, particularly low-income children. The achievement gap is not really a result of “summer slide” alone but the cumulative effect that begins with school readiness.
Professional development systems (PDS) and quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are two important subsystems of the comprehensive early childhood and school-age system. State and Territory leaders can use this self-assessment tool to guide alignment across similar system functions.
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.
Summer learning is a key solution to closing academic and opportunity gaps that affect many communities across the country. When children continue to learn during the summer, they are healthier, safer, and smarter, and their schools and communities are more successful.
Brief on the components of a quality school-age program and why quality matters.
This toolkit is designed to help educators create a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. It provides specific actions adults can take to be supportive. It also outlines how to teach youth to be an ally and combat anti-bias behavior and links to many more related resources.
In May and June 2016, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted the "Summer Learning: Promising Practices and Innovation Strategies" webinar to share information about the critical issues related to summer learning for the school-age care community.
This resource includes a powerpoint, video and handouts that define leadership. It provides a foundational exploration of difference between leadership and management. It can be useful for emerging leaders and training and TA professionals for school-age.
This PowerPoint presentation explores key principles for effective business management. It describes the concept of shared services. Some slides demonstrate the extensive resources of the ECE Shared Resources tool used by more than 20 states. It provides examples of strengthening business practices in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
This annotated bibliography provides a list of fifteen links to evidence-based practices, policy briefs, survey resources, and webinars to support Dual Language Learners (DLL). It is designed for policymakers, school administrators, and teachers in early child and primary education settings, and is helpful for Out-of-School Time (OST).