NCASE Resource Library
This implementation guide from the Office of Child Care focuses on the use of contracts to stabilize child care and support overall improvements to the child care system. Potential challenges to using contracts are identified and strategies and resources are offered to overcome concerns. State examples are provided. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
The Office of Child Care strongly recommends CCDF Lead Agencies use funds to expand access to high-quality child care by increasing the use of contracts or grants.
When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted in-person schooling during the 2020-2021 academic year, children participated in school from the classroom, from home, and from out-of-school time (OST) programs on remote learning days.
The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with increased attention to issues of racial injustice. Federal support, including funding, is available to rebuild early childhood and Out-of-School time (OST) care, to address inequities that have historically diminished opportunities for children and families.
On February 24, 2021, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted a webinar to learn about the recent NCASE voices from the field brief and hear from colleagues engaged in this work.
Positive outcomes are made possible through school-based and community
On August 6, 2020 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted a listening session designed to help stakeholders in the field better understand the current state of school-age care in the country, specifically informed by lessons learned through efforts to deliver safe and meaningful summer programming in 2020.
This interactive session included:
The NCASE Out-of-School Time Professional Development System-Building Toolkit was designed to assist states as they build professional development systems inclusive of school-age providers.
Federal, state, and local agencies are increasing investments and building capacity in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergencies of all types can occur abruptly and cause devastation to programs, families, communities, and entire towns or cities.