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On December 6, 2024 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment and the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance hosted a webinar highlighting tips and resources to help school-age child care providers build or enhance their business practices and create sustainable Out-of-School Time programs. Attendees had the opportunity to explore budgeting, marketing, and staffing considerations for OST programs; along with materials including the NCASE Business Practices Tips for Out-of-School Time Child Care tip sheet.
Home-based Child Care Networks are seen as a promising strategy for supporting regulated family child care and legally-exempt family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. Home Grown and Erikson Institute created this evidence-based framework with 11 benchmarks to provide guidance to high-quality networks. BUILD provided a related webinar on Embedding Wellness in Home-based Child Care Systems through Strengthening Home-based Child Care Networks.
Child care programs are an essential component of strong communities, yet in rural America families are challenged in being able to access and afford care. The Bipartisan Policy Center worked with Save the Children to create this framework to explore the economic impact of child care gaps and provide innovative strategies and policy recommendations. There is a related webinar on How Affordable Child Care in Rural Areas Can Unlock Economic Potential. This resource supports equity.
This webinar focuses on the uniqueness and significance of afterschool and summer programs in rural communities. It examines challenges faced by rural afterschool programs, strategies for tailoring afterschool programs to rural contexts, the role of advocacy in supporting these programs, and resources for mobilizing rural afterschool programs.
This webinar from Grantmakers for Education explores ways that two communities are building the capacity of nonprofits to work on providing quality OST jobs that are well compensated. The first example is the Walter and Elise Haas Fund's Endeavor Fund that is moving from contributions to commitment. This trust-based philanthropy effort is providing 7 grants to 7 organizations over 7 years to build nonprofit capacity. The second example is Hub One in Kalamazoo, MI, where 4 nonprofits joined forces to find solutions for ongoing challenges like scarcity, funding, compensation, and staff turnover.
The Urban Institute engaged in a yearlong project to document how states access and strategically use federal funds to support early childhood systems and compensation. Five states including GA, IL, NM, TX, WA and other leaders joined in a convening to discuss their experiences. States shared challenges and the innovative strategies they are employing that include tailoring strategies to state context to address fragmentation; using philanthropic or private TA organizations to build state leaders' knowledge of how to access funds; and using cost models to advance child care compensation.
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment emphasizes that OST programs provide measurable benefits to youth and families, demonstrably improving academic and developmental outcomes along with other results such as positive youth-adult relationships and social-emotional learning. The Out-of-School Time Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health Toolkit (Toolkit) was developed to support OST/school-age child care system leaders, technical assistance associates, and program providers.
This toolkit provides readers with a general command of:
• Key Terms
• Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health
The toolkit also provides targeted relevance and resources for system and program leaders on the following topics:
• Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health Support
• Family Engagement Strategies
We encourage readers to utilize this toolkit as a supplement for OST programming and curricula or as a standalone resource to clarify your
SEL and mental health learning practices and supports.
This brief draw on interviews with administrators on what ten states have learned about sustaining policy gains after the pandemic (CT, IL, KS, KY, NC, ND, NM, OK, OR, SC). Listed are allowable strategies used to: (1) increase the number of families eligible for child care assistance; (2) reduce the burden of family copayments; (3) stabilize child care based on actual cost of care; and (4) support higher compensation for the workforce. This resource supports equity.
This article from the Journal of Youth Development highlights some learnings from a Community of Practice with 10 states on the strategic use of summer and afterschool ARP and ESSER funds. Findings are that states with existing OST infrastructure and cross-system relationships were better equipped to meet youth and family needs. The states have created action plans that focus on: (1) strengthening data to promote access, quality, and outcomes; (2) TA systems to build capacity and promote quality; (3) promoting partnerships; and (4) strategic and sustainable use of funding. There is a suggestion that states invest a portion of their remaining funds to plan for sustainability.
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.