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The transition to kindergarten is an important milestone in a young child’s life. While this transition is often accompanied by much excitement and anticipation, it can also bring uncertainty and anxiety as children face changes on multiple levels.
This issue brief explores youth engagement in out-of-school time through a review of studies on out-of-school time attendance and participation by middle and high school students. It identifies promising practices for cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional engagement that are essential for achieving positive outcomes. It includes program-level examples from four states.
This updated issue brief provides a summary of key evaluations on the impact of after school programs. It focuses on academic outcomes, school attendance, student behavior, and parental concerns about student safety.
This issue brief highlights the important role of afterschool and summer programs in developing the skills youth need to be successful in today’s workforce, in particular, their role in enhancing competencies that employers often say are missing such as skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, and technology.
Once young children reach school age, parents often think the challenge of finding quality child care is behind them. However, many working parents come to realize that finding quality child care for their school-age children can be just as challenging, if not more so.
This issue brief identifies four important things to know about the transition to school, and it also mentions the transition that children and families experience to out-of-school programs: (1) transition is a matter of equity; (2) a smooth transition to school makes a difference for children's outcomes; (3) families play an important role in the transition to school; and (4) it's all about re
This brief shares findings from a series of focus groups with family child care providers supporting mixed-age groups of children. &n
This issue brief focuses on the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to wellness that includes attention to social emotional health as well as healthy eating and physical activity.
This issue brief includes links to resources to help states create a plan for equal access. It includes links to key program regulations and guidance from Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) on topics like market rate surveys and family co-payments, FAQ and a webinar on the new rule, and recent data like characteristics of families served.
This issue brief outlines why collaboration between the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is important for a two-generation approach to break the cycle of poverty so parents can focus on their own education, training, and work.