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This report offers practical guidance for out-of-school-time (OST) programs and intermediaries that wish to incorporate social and emotional learning (SEL) activities into their programming for youth. The lessons are derived from RAND’s study over four years of more than 100 afterschool programs across six communities participating in the Wallace Foundation’s Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). The cities are Boston, Dallas, Denver, Palm Beach County, Tacoma, and Tulsa.
This tool kit can help partners across the nation understand the child care landscape, establish new relationships, and build bipartisan solutions to child care's most pressing challenges. Included are sections on the child care funding landscape; tips for building support; talking points for making the case; and supporting child care and early learning in centers, family child care, and in support of American Indian and Alaskan Native children.
This toolkit is a research-based resource for OST leaders, staff, and teams who want to make data-driven decisions as they prepare to implement or change an initiative. Toolkit sections include: (1) learning about readiness; (2) assessing readiness; and (3) using resources aligned to your readiness. It may help to also listen to the February 23, 2023 webinar that is a conversation with field leaders from 4-H, YMCA, and Playworks who have integrated tools into their work. See: https://www.air.org/event/getting-ready-change-out-school-time-new-tools-resources-and-conversation-field-leaders
This report from the Afterschool Alliance summarizes the results of a survey from Fall 2022 of 1,016 providers representing 7,400 centers. The survey found that 1 in 4 providers have not been able to return to pre-pandemic program capacity due to difficulties recruiting and retaining staff; increased costs of running programs; and some issues with demand since many parents are working from home. When asked about supports that would be helpful, the priority was advice about preventing staff burnout and keeping teams engaged.
This website offers strategies and resources for child care providers to support families and children experiencing homelessness. The resources address topics such as understanding homelessness; eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance (ERSEA) in programs, building responsive relationships with families, health and wellness resources for children, supporting staff as they support homeless families, and connecting with community partners. While this website was designed for Head Start, it has many useful resources for school-age.