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From December 2018 through May 2019, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment facilitated a peer learning group (PLG) on social-emotional learning (SEL) in Out-of-School Time (OST) for 10 state teams.
Federal, state, and local agencies are increasing investments and building capacity in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
This brief presents a framework that broadens our understanding of how, when, and where youth learn.
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This report is the second edition that investigates how the early childhood education (ECE) field is cultivating leaders within the field. Based on survey results, it examines the role of 55 self-identified leadership development programs in supporting staff learning of leadership skills.
This report provides a portrait of the early childhood workforce compared to 25 years ago, and examines economic insecurity and use of public benefits among this predominantly female, ethnically diverse workforce. Although not addressed specifically in this report, workforce conditions are similarly an important issue for the school-age/Out-of-School Time (OST) field.
This report offers recommendations to build a workforce that is unified by the foundation of the science of child development and early learning and the shared knowledge and competencies that are needed to provide consistent, high-quality support for the development and early learning of children from birth through age 8.
This report provides the most current data on the need, types, availability, and cost of infant/pre-school care and school-age care by state. The data are useful for many purposes, including grant writing, policy making, and identifying areas that need attention in building effective systems.
This blueprint identifies promising quality improvement practices emerging from empirical research and from national experts. It can be used as a worksheet by Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) developers to develop goals, leadership, technical assistance systems and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach. It is equally helpful for school-age system developers.
This report explores existing research on the characteristics of quality that improve child outcomes and what has been learned about QRIS from evaluation studies of QRIS in California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
This guide describes how cities and intermediaries can work with afterschool providers across a neighborhood, city, or region to build quality. It explores how to identify a lead organization, engage stakeholders, use a continuous improvement model, and manage data systems. It includes case studies from Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Florida.
This report focuses on the four components of system building that the most current evidence and experience suggest are essential: strong leadership, coordination, effective use of data, and a comprehensive approach to quality.
This report is a summary from a national afterschool conference. It provides details from mayors, program providers, system leaders, and researchers on a range of system building issues including quality improvement and measurement of afterschool performance.
This report summarizes a survey of the coordination work in large US cities. It found that the majority are coordinating some aspect of afterschool systems. The survey identifies that less than 1/4 have adopted all three of the key strategies identified by experts: a data system, citywide quality improvement standards, and a coordinating entity.