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.
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.
This issue brief summarizes how afterschool and summer programs can support positive outcomes like relationships and relationship skills, sense of agency, and identify development. It includes links to research.
This report provides a synthesis of 76 high quality studies on the impact of COVID-19 on young children and early childhood education programs. The studies and accompanying evidence-based and equity-centered policy recommendations were created by 10 leading scholars and 10 leaders in policy and practice for early childhood.
This report provides an overview of different ways states can design contracts; it is based on a literature review and convening of 26 state administrators, researchers, and advocates. Contracts can bring stability that the field needs and provide more equitable supports around access, salaries, benefits, and professional development.
The Wallace Foundation has created four issue briefs to help state system planners make decisions about spending American Rescue Plan funds. The briefs summarize the evidence on outcomes and implementation guidance and each brief includes a bibliography.
This updated research brief provides a summary of key evaluations on the impact of afterschool programs during the pandemic.
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.
Based on interviews with 20 experts about strategies to support the child care workforce, this report presents a set of 19 diverse state and local policies strategies to build a stronger and more equitable workforce. It includes strategies in response to the pandemic crisis and ways to maximize impact through contracts, expanding family child care (FCC) networks, and shared services.