NCASE Resource Library
This webpage from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is focused on the new COVID-19 vaccination recommendation for children aged 5 and older. It provides information on why getting children vaccinated is important, links to help families find vaccines, and data on vaccine safety.
Online learning environments, like physical learning environments, provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, and practice skills. In virtual learning spaces, educators must still plan program goals and a sequence of learning experiences, employ experiential education, build relationships, and promote positive youth development.
This slide show provides a summary of what parents, teachers, and Out-of-School Time (OST) providers want in summer programs for 2021 based on a combination of focus groups, interviews, and 3,031 surveys. Results indicate that parents want summer programs to prioritize their children’s social and emotional health.
These five podcasts feature promising practices from the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). The episodes focus on developing the capacity of adults to promote SEL, building effective partnerships, the role of coaches, and coordination between school and out-of-school programs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This activity guide includes 40 activities for youth to learn about the science of COVID-19 and to develop greater social awareness and empathy. It was developed for the State Afterschool Networks (SANs) and has activities useful for out-of-school programs and family child care providers whether offering in-person, virtual, or take-home activities.
This blog by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time highlights what their research staff learned this past summer about high-quality practices in virtual programs based on conducting observations of more than 200 hours of online academic and general enrichment programming. The focus is on tips for activity design, youth engagement, and technology.
This blog highlights key elements of quality in camp experiences, whether virtual or in person, such as building strong relationships and creating safe spaces. It offers frameworks for designing strong programs and as it is a quick but thought-provoking read, it could be an effective tool for staff professional development. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This updated guidance from the CDC includes important information on layered prevention strategies for 2021-2022 while younger children are still not able to be vaccinated. There is information on strategies such as promoting vaccination, mask use, ventilation, social distancing. There are links to state and local information about community spread and vaccination rates.
The Afterschool Alliance has collected a number of resources for online learning activities that can be helpful to families or those providing essential services. This webpage includes links to sites such as National Geographic, Scholastic Learn at Home, and Khan Academy. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This site links to critical information and supports, including HHS-ACF resources such as guidance for preparing workplaces and helping communities know mitigation strategies. It includes information about stimulus funding through CARES, CRRSA, and ARPA.