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This brief explores how programs that use a positive youth development approach can embed a racial equity perspective to effectively meet needs of youth of color. It suggests that programs think about who is offered program services, build staff capacity to recognize personal bias and structural inequalities, and insure leadership opportunities.
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.
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 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.
This issue brief about trauma-informed care brings a strengths-based perspective that emphasizes resilience. There is a review of the signs of trauma, how it impacts trauma and how to practice trauma-informed care using the Four Rs: realizing the widespread nature of childhood trauma, recognizing the symptoms, responding by adjusting policies and practices, and resisting re-traumatization.
This brief provides a conceptual model for developing quality improvement initiatives and professional development for home-based child care that takes into account the distinctive characteristics for these settings. The model is organized into three components: (1) foundations for sustainability of care; (2) lasting relationships; and (3) opportunities for learning and development.