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This issue brief is designed to raise understanding and awareness of the need for youth financial literacy and identify ways afterschool leaders can address these issues. Youth today can amass debt quickly in the form of school loans or credit card debt, yet few have access to financial literacy supports. Opportunities are especially limited for youth of color. Afterschool is a place where this learning can happen, and this paper provides resources like reports, curriculum, and resources for parents to support financial literacy starting in the elementary grades. This resource supports equity.
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 issue brief uses data from 2020 National Survey of Children's Health(NSCH) to describe the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in children ages birth to 17. This is important information as children with a higher number of ACEs are at higher risk for negative outcomes for mental health, health, and financial well-being. The brief includes charts of the number of ACEs children have by state, by race and ethnicity, and by health outcomes. This resource supports resiliency.
This toolkit provides programs with an overview on the importance of youth voice, along with tools and examples. The key takeaways are to meet youth where they are, train adults to exist in youth spaces and youth to exist in adult spaces, and let youth take the lead. It also has a section with many resources on culturally responsive voice. Grantmakers in Education featured this resource and examples in this one-hour webinar, Youth Voice Initiative Share-Out and Discussion, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZnHO1t6fDE
This professional development module addresses the benefits of, and strategies for including school-age children in home-based child care (HBCC) settings. It can be accessed via the Individualized Professional Development (iPD) Portfolio section the Early Childhood Knowledge Learning Center (ECKLC) website. Users receive three (3) contact education units (CEUs) for completing the module, knowledge check and evaluation.
This toolkit from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families offers a list of resources to support children and families through grieving and healing in the wake of traumatic events. They were developed by national organizations including the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the American Psychological Association, and the Child Mind Institute. They include Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event and Helping Children Cope with Grief which includes information by age grouping (ages 2-4, 4-7, and 7-13). These supports are available in both English and Spanish. This resource supports resiliency.
This issue brief by Temescal Associates and the How Kids Learn Foundation is designed to help AfterSchool staff understand and respond to the needs of youth who are grieving or experiencing loss due to the pandemic, the opioid crisis, or rising gun and racial violence. It reviews topics such as prevalence, effects on young people, grief-responsive teaching, and self-care for adults. There is also an in-depth webinar that features the author and panelists.
On March 24, 2022, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted “Summer: The Great Equalizer” webinar to highlight the importance of addressing the summer learning loss experienced by children who do not have access to high-quality summer programs.
During the webinar, participants had the opportunity to learn about and share examples of state and local initiatives that support equitable access to summer learning and enrichment opportunities. They explored the NCASE System Summer Learning Planning Guide designed to support Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies as they work collaboratively with other agencies and organizations to plan for and implement quality summer programming. The webinar also highlighted the importance of consumer education websites in helping families find summer programs that meet their needs.
This slide deck presents research on how parents, teachers, and Out-of-School Time (OST) providers perceive the value of OST in children’s social, emotional, and academic development. A companion toolkit, available in Spanish too, includes a video of research highlights and a playbook for educators, providers, and advocates to communicate the benefits of OST programs and develop policies that make these opportunities more accessible https://bealearninghero.org/ost-toolkit/.
There’s also a webinar called Making the Case for OST: The Perspectives of Parents, Educators, and Providers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7e8zl3zCN4&ab_channel=IanF
This webinar shares information from a study about the state of relationships in schools and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs in Minnesota by the Search Institute. The study shows that only 60% of youth report having a strong developmental relationship with an adult, with only 38% saying they had a strong relationship with an adult in school and 73% in OST. It explores barriers and how we as adults can do better in building relationships, especially important in these times of the pandemic. The related study is The State of Relationships: Young People's Relationships with Adults in Minnesota Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs. https://www.search-institute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/IE-State-of-Relationships-Report-PFINALv2-1.pdf