NCASE Resource Library
This policy brief summarizes findings from 22 focus groups with family child care (FCC) providers in CA, FL, MA, and WI during spring 2020. It reviews challenges that FCC providers faced as they provided care during the pandemic and the strengths they have that make them uniquely suited to respond to child care needs.
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 toolkit includes resources that will help build child care supply. It includes six steps: (1) assess and plan; (2) identify resources; (3) generate awareness; (4) develop strategies; (5) implement your plan; and (6) evaluate and implement. The concepts build on recognized strategic planning principles and include stories of success. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
The Afterschool Alliance's webpage on COVID-19 offers a rich array of resources to help support Out-of-School Time (OST) system builders, administrators, and practitioners in navigating the challenges of the pandemic as they strive to effectively serve children, families, and providers.
This blog by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time highlights what their research staff learned this past summer about high-quality practices in virtual programs based on conducting observations of more than 200 hours of online academic and general enrichment programming. The focus is on tips for activity design, youth engagement, and technology.
With many school districts providing partial or full online learning, there is increased need for child care for working parents. This collection of online resources includes videos of providers, and identifies recommendations for new supports on funding, shared planning and decision-making, and technical supports. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This review of state plans for school reopening provides examples for ways states and districts can coordinate with afterschool programs to support their capacity, leverage resources, and support students and families.
This issue brief provides a framework that states can use during the COVID-19 crisis to create child care policies that promote equitable access and mitigate the chance that child care closures will be concentrated in low-income and middle-income neighborhoods and rural areas.
This issue brief shares findings from the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development, finding that parents of young children with disabilities are experiencing higher rates of stress, anxiety, and depression as a result of loss of services in a virtual environment. It outlines state policies that could be considered to provide families with supports to reduce parental stress.
These program standards, self-assessment rubric, and resources are designed to help afterschool programs evaluate and improve the support they are providing for youth who are engaged in distance learning.