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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 updated guide offers an introduction to youth development principles and practices to ensure that youth get the most of their Out-of-School Time (OST) experiences.
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 toolkit offers age-appropriate strategies for maximizing opportunities for promoting friendships between youth with and without disabilities. Although not specifically geared to Out-of-School Time (OST), the strategies are applicable. Further, the toolkit could be a helpful professional development resource.
This report aims to challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children from one that overemphasizes limitations and deficits to one that draws upon strengths, assets, and resilience.
This website offers a variety of technical assistance activities and supports to build system capacity to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families.
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 important report from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development explores how the development of social emotional skills and competencies are essential for children and youth to thrive in school, career, and life.
This toolkit was developed as a companion to a three-hour training building social-emotional learning. It is intended to be used primarily with youth in middle school, though it can be adapted for other ages.