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This series of reports by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics provides a compilation of national data on 41 key indicators for children ages 0-17. The statistics include measures on issues such as food insecurity, summer enrichment, housing instability, mental health and substance abuse, and child and adolescent mortality. The 2022 version highlights selected special feature indicators related to COVID-19 to address the impact of the pandemic on child and family well-being.
The White House held a conference in September 2022 to develop a goal to end hunger in America and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030 to reduce diet-related diseases. This report is a playbook to meet this strategy and to reduce food insecurity from 10% to less than 1% of households. Strategies include improving food access and affordability, integrating nutrition and health, increasing access to healthy food choices; improving physical activity, and enhancing nutrition and food security research. This resource supports equity.
On September 14, 2022, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted the “Addressing School-Age Needs in Licensing Regulations” webinar to introduce a new NCASE resource, hear state examples, share strategies and discuss promising practices related to licensing for school-age childcare programs.
On August 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control updated the COVID-19 guidance for schools and early care and education programs. There are changes on cohorts, quarantines, test to stay, and how to respond to outbreaks. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This tool kit by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Council, and Southwestern Child Development Commission defines food insecurity and how school-age programs can support children and families that may be experiencing food insecurity. While this resource is designed for North Carolina, there is much that is relevant to school-age programs in any state. It includes information on the effects of food insecurity, how to recognize signs of hunger, and how to combat hunger in an afterschool program. 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.
This Office of Child Care (OCC) webpage lists all of the OCC resources on comprehensive background checks. It includes resources on background check basics and requirements, implementation, tribal resources, fingerprinting, technical assistance, and links to webinars.
This powerpoint presentation highlights information about comprehensive background check requirements for the Child Care Development Fund. It reviews what national, in-state, and inter-state background checks are mandatory. It also spells out what types of staff positions require the checks, which must be conducted prior to employment and at least every 5 years afterwards, and when a person is ineligible for employment by a child care provider. The one-page infographic that highlights the required national and state-based background checks can be downloaded separately.
This brief is based on a review of selected states’ school-age childcare licensing requirements. It draws on a scan of state childcare licensing regulations conducted by the Afterschool Alliance; it also includes information from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). The brief offers state childcare licensing agencies a list of key considerations for creating school-age licensing requirements that meaningfully address school-age needs in areas including:
- Staff Qualifications and Professional Development Requirements
- Age-Appropriate Health and Safety Training
- Developmentally Appropriate Programming
This resource is available in Spanish.
On May 27, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their latest guidance on the coronavirus for day and overnight camps. This updated guidance aligns strongly with the safety protocols and layers of protection discussed in the recent Town Hall Meetings that American Camp Association hosted with the CDC and the Alliance for Camp Health in February 2022. There are three related documents: (1) K-12 and ECE Updated Guidance; (2) K-12 and ECE Frequently Asked Questions Resource; and (3) Camp Frequently Asked Questions Resource.