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With an emphasis on equity and inclusion, this white paper outlines promising practices for engaging families in STEM as a means of increasing youth participation and retention in STEM pathways. Parents play a critical role in engaging youth in STEM activities and careers, especially for girls, youth of color, low-income youth, and youth with disabilities.
These updated standards of best practice for afterschool/out-of-school (OST) time programs were developed by the Council on Accreditation in consultation with leading organizations in the field. They reflect the latest thinking in key practices that are critical for the healthy developmental growth of children and youth through participation in OST programs.
This toolkit provides guidance and resources for meeting CCDF health and safety training basic requirements as well as best practice. Topics covered include infectious diseases, medication administration, facilities safety, transportation, emergency preparedness, child abuse and maltreatment, and more.
This toolkit summarizes best practice tools and strategies for fostering family engagement in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. Developed by BOSTnet years ago based on a four-year initiative aimed at improving youth outcomes through family involvement, this classic tool is still relevant today.
This implementation manual lays out nine overarching guidelines for disability inclusion, then devotes a chapter to each guideline to explore why it is important, how to accomplish it, examples from the field, and related resources.
This website was designed by Maryland State Department of Education to support early childhood providers in promoting family engagement.
This report provides a national portrait on the well-being of Latino boys and young men compared to their White and Black peers from early childhood through young adulthood on two dimensions: health and education.
This resource is a clearinghouse of data on supports for early childhood program leaders in state-by-state profiles, with a national overview. School-age leaders can learn what their state mandates for leadership qualifications as required by licensing and QRIS. They can also learn about higher education opportunities, salaries, and other key supports.
This toolkit is designed to raise awareness among 12-17 year olds of the serious consequences of misusing prescription drugs. The tool kit includes a facilitation guide and teen activities such as how to manage stress, avoid negative influences, and make healthier choices. This resource supports resilience.
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.