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The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the largest national child care subsidy program used to support low-income families, yet these subsidies are only one part of the funding picture.
This video, which is also a part of the School-Age Consumer Education Toolkit, shows the importance of afterschool and summer care for families.
This series of national and state/territory data profiles provide information about school-age children served through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).
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This issue brief highlights interviews conducted by BUILD QRIS Learning Network with 29 key informants from 7 states and 9 national entities to explore thinking about Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). There was consensus that building a CQI culture at multiple levels will strengthen outcomes for children and families and build change that lasts.
This issue brief identifies 6 elements of coordinated community system-building efforts including: (1) shared vision; (2) engaged leadership; (3) continuous quality improvement; (4) data management; (5) sustainable resources, and (6) marketing/communications. It includes promising practices from a number of city and state planning efforts.
This article outlines the dual importance of building the capacity of educators and of families who have successful family engagement. There are links to other valuable resources.
This report is the second edition that investigates how the early childhood education (ECE) field is cultivating leaders within the field. Based on survey results, it examines the role of 55 self-identified leadership development programs in supporting staff learning of leadership skills.
This report provides a portrait of the early childhood workforce compared to 25 years ago, and examines economic insecurity and use of public benefits among this predominantly female, ethnically diverse workforce. Although not addressed specifically in this report, workforce conditions are similarly an important issue for the school-age/Out-of-School Time (OST) field.
This National Afterschool Association (NAA) brief summarizes the research on the afterschool workforce. It explores the conditions and barriers to building and sustaining a quality afterschool workforce, including pre-service requirements, core knowledge and competencies, provider registries, and credentials/certifications.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization of 2016 includes requirements for health and safety training. This resource provides information on health and safety professional training for Out-of-Schoot Time (OST) providers, as required by state, plus access to research-based online training modules.
The Stage of Change approach provides a model for those leading change to take into account readiness for change tied to motivation, confidence, and commitment levels of the individuals engaged in change. It is a model for educators, based on practices for health care and mental health. It offers guidance on what support to provide staff, given their stage of readiness for change.
This website offers links to thousands of publications and data sets related to child care and early education. Data and resources can be searched by author, state, or topic. For information on out-of-school time issues, try typing in "after school" in the search bar.
This online calculator lets you determine the costs of a variety of options for high quality afterschool and summer programs. Costs were updated in 2015 to reflect changes in the cost of living.