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During this webinar, authors from the book, Changemakers! Practitioners Advance Access and Equity in Out-of-School Time, share how they have adapted their practices to continue to support youth, families, and staff during the pandemic. The strategies include needs assessment to learn what will be most helpful, resource distribution, virtual connections with youth, and supports for staff, including staff who are being furloughed. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This webinar explores how leaders and stakeholders in WA developed a vision and conducted a 3-year pilot for creating an accessible, equitable, and high-quality system of programs for school-age and youth development. The webinar shares what was learned about professional development and coaching supports, and standards and assessment tools.
This guide provides engaging activities and challenges to be used for youth-serving summer programs, whether running virtually or in-person, or to send digitally to families. It is organized to support four different age groups (5-9), (10-12), (13-15), (16-18). The first unit was released May 27, 2020 and subsequent units will be released in two-week increments. Unit 1 is Why I Am which is arts focused; Unit 2 is Healthy Life for physical and mental health activities; Unit 3 is Passion and Purpose on service learning; Unit 4 is Invention and Imagination with a focus on STEM and arts; and Unit 5 is Exploring My World on cultures. Also included is a guide on implementation and on safety considerations for virtual programming. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This report offers information to aid summer learning leaders in securing and maintaining support for programs. It summarizes lessons learned from interviews with 60 school district staff and 20 policy experts on federal, state, city, and district funding and policies. It includes a list of federal funding, and examples of state and city funding streams and how these impact sustainability, scale, and quality, as well as recommendations to advance those goals. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of resources focused on promoting school-age children’s learning and development in the summer months. This publication, NCASE Summer Resources, is part of a series compiling NCASE resources on a particular theme for the benefit of state, territory, and tribal Lead Agencies and their designated networks. The goal is to promote professional development and capacity building.
Resources include archived webinars, tip sheets for providers and parents and caregivers, and a toolkit. Questions for reflection and action steps that are part of the publication suggest ways to use the resources.
On March 11, 2020, the National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted the webinar, “Supporting a Strong Out-of-School Time Workforce: An Introduction to the Out-of-School Time (OST) Professional Development System Building Toolkit.” The toolkit was designed to assist states as they build and strengthen professional development systems inclusive of school-age providers. During the webinar, participants were introduced to the toolkit, which is organized into sections on Foundational Ideas, Career Development System Components, and Supporting and Sustaining the Workforce. They heard from states who are implementing workforce strategies inclusive of school-age, and learned how they can use the toolkit to support their states’ efforts to build a strong workforce.
This site links to critical information and supports, including HHS-ACF resources such as guidance for preparing workplaces and helping communities know mitigation strategies. It includes information about stimulus funding through CARES, CRRSA, and ARPA. It also includes a memorandum on Flexibility in Spending CCDF Funds and the archive of the Office of Child Care COVID-19 CCDF Administrators National Webinar. It was published on March 13, 2020 and updated on August 19, 2021. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This checklist for Local Education Agencies and early childhood providers highlights ways to help homeless families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It illuminates ways to identify and communicate with homeless families, ensure health, safety, and basic needs, and provide access to learning. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This toolkit provides parents and other caregivers ways to support their children’s learning outside of the classroom. It was updated March 13, 2020. It offers a range of different types of free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills at home or in group care, especially while schools are closed. Targeted ages vary by resource. Resources address science, math, and music literacy as well as reading and writing literacy. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
Coaching is one of the most effective ways to support staff and to improve program quality. With its focus on relationships, strengths-based practices, communication, and coaching strategies like reflective practice and building leadership capacity, this guide could be very helpful for leaders of programs in any stage of development. It could be useful, for example, to new or expanded essential service programs as well as for coaches that are supporting programs as they focus on re-opening after the corona virus outbreak. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.