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.
This issue brief identifies policy opportunities to strengthen school-age child care, based on findings drawn from a literature review, case studies of five afterschool programs, and inputs from experts in the field.
This issue brief offers local, state and policy recommendations for meeting the current public health and economic crisis while rebuilding the system for the future. It provides recommendations for child care investments based on understanding the needs of families and providers to increase access and affordability, and health, mental health, and safety.