NCASE Resource Library
The unique needs and challenges for families needing Out-of-School Time (OST) child care are often unknown or overlooked. Their needs vary much more than they do for younger children due to the challenges created by balancing work schedules with school schedules.
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of resources focused on addressing equity in Out-of-School Time.
Given the prominence of the child care licensing system, it is important to determine how it can be more equitable on behalf of the providers, and the children and families it serves. This issue brief provides questions for licensing administrators and their staff to help identify and consider inequities in the licensing systems.
Inequity is commonly associated with groups that suffer from discrimination related to their race, ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities.
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) recognizes the importance of supporting system-level leaders and program professionals as they develop resources and opportunities to address racial equity and inclusion in serving school-age children and their families.
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.
As parents and caregivers support their children in their growth and development, they have many opportunities for talking about and modeling kindness and inclusion. This tip sheet, Equity in Action: Tips for Parents and Caregivers, encourages parents and caregivers to reflect on the things they already do with their children to help them learn and practice equity.
Creating a safe, welcoming space where children learn and thrive, and where families feel supported, is a hallmark of high-quality school-age child care. This resource, Equity in Action: Tips for School-Age Child Care Providers, is designed to build the capacity of school-age child care providers in supporting equity and inclusion.