NCASE Resource Library
This FAQ document is designed for summer program providers that serve children from low-income families and may be interested in serving families who use child care subsidies, but are not overly familiar with CCDF.
This infographic provides useful information about the significant impact to school-age children during summer months, in the absence of quality summer programs.
Summer learning is a key solution to closing academic and opportunity gaps that affect many communities across the country.
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This issue brief is an interview with Paul von Hippel from Ohio State University; it shares research that children gain weight two to three times faster in the summer months than during the school year. This trend is especially true for African American and Hispanic children.
This research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. The children have physical activities and receive nutrition information in a program that has expanded to 2,200 schools in 4 states. The research found that as a result of involvement, family perceptions and habits on physical activities and nutrition have shifted.
This tool provides consumer information for what families should know about criminal background checks, including who should have a background check and what is included in state and federal requirements. It links to a state-by-state resource that provides information about licensing, about quality, and also the specifics on each state's criminal background check requirements.
This powerpoint presentation highlights information about criminal background check requirements for Child Care Development Fund. It reviews what national, in-state and inter-state background checks are mandatory. It also spells out what types of staff positions require the checks, which must be conducted prior to employment and at least every 5 years afterwards.
This journal article describes how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can be used as an effective means for staff development with out-of-school time (OST) providers. Based on a research project involving six experienced facilitators, it offers a framework, potential formats, and tips on how to structure PLCs to meet the needs of OST staff and programs.
This issue brief reviews the common knowledge of school-based programs designed to build social-emotional competence in middle and high school years. It reviews exemplary programs on skill-focused promotion, academic integration, teaching practices, and organizational reform.
This study is focused on older youth aged 13-18; it shows that 1 in 10 young adults aged 18-25, and 1 in 30 youth aged 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or a guardian. At higher risk of homelessness are youth with mental health and substance use issues, as well as youth of color and LGBTQ youth. The report includes recommendations for prevention.
This large report offers lots of statistics about the health status of children in the United States. The reader can download individual sections on topics like demographics, family and social environments, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, health, and peer victimization.
This issue brief provides case studies of best practices in four exemplary summer programs that provide engaging STEM opportunities. The programs in Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan, and Kentucky produce positive outcomes on grades, standardized test scores, social-emotional competence, and graduation rates.
This issue brief is an interview with the evaluator of a STEM project with middle and high school tribal youth, working with tribal leaders and STEM professionals on a research project about salmon restoration. The evaluation shows how involving youth in an engaging and authentic research project built their STEM skills in a possible career path. There is a link to the full research report.