NCASE Resource Library
This brief is the result of a collaboration between the National Centers on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), and Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCCCSIA). Thirty-three s
This brief video provides a powerful message about the importance of summer learning in closing the achievement gap for children from lower income families.
Summer learning is a key solution to closing academic and opportunity gaps that affect many communities across the country.
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This is a user friendly checklist of effective indicators of summer learning systems. It includes categories on shared vision, engaged leadership, data management systems, continuous quality improvement, sustainability, marketing and communications.
This is a list of available resources for obesity prevention. It provides links to national and state initiatives on encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. Most resources are useful for afterschool and summer programs.
This three-volume report explores city efforts to build systems to improve the quality and accessibility of after-school, summer, and other out-of-school time programs. Vol 1 - Lessons from Five Cities - evaluates the experiences across the cities that undertook major system-building projects.
This report summarizes a survey of the coordination work in large US cities. It found that the majority are coordinating some aspect of afterschool systems. The survey identifies that less than 1/4 have adopted all three of the key strategies identified by experts: a data system, citywide quality improvement standards, and a coordinating entity.
This Executive Summary reviews research about the role of summer programs in accelerating learning. It includes an infographic for easy review of the importance of summer learning. There are 13 diverse case studies that capture the potential of summer learning. There is a link to the full report.
The national core knowledge and competencies (CKC) establish agreement across programs and funding streams about what professionals need to know and be able to do in a quality program. The CKCs were developed by crosswalk of existing CKCs from states or independent organizations and then piloted.
This is a one-page tip sheet for parents on what they can do to support summer learning. Programs can share these low-cost enrichment ideas with families. Ideas include field trips, community service, going to the library, and getting outdoors. It is available in both English and Spanish.
This research in brief series provides an overview of 10 pieces of research through easy-to-read interviews with researchers. Three briefs were just completed in 2015, including Calculating the Return on Investment, Preventing College Plans from Melting Away, and Summer School and Reading Proficiency.
This toolkit is designed to help educators create a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. It provides specific actions adults can take to be supportive. It also outlines how to teach youth to be an ally and combat anti-bias behavior and links to many more related resources.