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.
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.
This webinar provides information about how two states are supporting Family, Friend, and Neighbor care (FFN), which has become an especially important part of the child care supply in COVID-19. New Mexico has created a path for temporary FFN care that lasts for 6 months. Providers can serve up to 4 non-residential children and can access subsidy and food programs.
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: