NCASE Resource Library
The Path to Quality resource portal provides state system planners with step-by-step guidance and resources to develop quality afterschool systems including information on: (1) designing quality standards, (2) resources and tools aligned to qualit
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.
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Taking a cross-sector approach can be an effective strategy to engage out-of-school time (OST) programs in quality improvement systems. From December of 2016 through March of 2017, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) engaged cross-sector planning teams in an OST collaboration on topics including: readiness and stages of change in building cross-sector partnersh
This brief identifies evidence-based prevention tools that are low-cost targeted strategies for SEL. These "kernels" of practice are easy to implement and helpful for afterschool and summer programs that would be challenged to bring a full SEL curriculum to scale due to time or financial constraints.
This issue brief provides a succinct overview of social emotional learning and why afterschool is a perfect place to focus on this and to achieve positive developmental outcomes. It includes examples of curriculum and activities for afterschool programs from SC, NC, GA, NH, and NY.
Summer learning is a key solution to closing academic and opportunity gaps that affect many communities across the country. When children continue to learn during the summer, they are healthier, safer, and smarter, and their schools and communities are more successful.
This brief is the result of a collaboration between the National Centers on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), and Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCCCSIA). Thirty-three states took part in a workgroup, known as a Peer Learning Community, and found that many states work collaboratively with providers and stakeholders to
This brief outlines how lead agencies can use direct service grants and contracts to increase the supply of quality child care for underserved or vulnerable populations. Grants and contracts can help stabilize programs and promote higher quality with comprehensive services for school-age and other special populations.
This issue brief summarizes developments in the field including a growing research base, an increased understanding of high quality practice, and system-level efforts to improve quality. It provides recommendations for advancing the field on research and practice.
Based on surveys, focus groups, and interviews, this policy brief identifies how states are creating policies for developing, supporting, and monitoring Technical Assistance professionals. There are recommendations on developing: (1) common terminology; (2) standards and competencies; (3) career pathways; and (4) data and evaluation systems.
This issue brief has taken the traditional logic model approach and translated it into a less daunting process so all community members can participate in a community-based organization planning process.
This brief is designed to examine home-based provider quality and to inform the content and dosage of professional development interventions they receive. The higher quality providers are more experienced, have more training, are usually licensed, and belong to a provider organization.