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This issue brief explores how COVID-related school closures are likely to effect children’s academic progress, access to resources, and overall health and wellbeing and how systemic inequities exacerbate the impact for some groups.
This checklist can serve as a prompt for how out-of-school staff can continue to build developmental relationships with children and youth during COVID-19, whether interacting with them in person or while they are at home. It includes ways to build positive and caring relationships by expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, sharing power, and expanding possibilities.
This toolkit provides parents and other caregivers ways to support their children’s learning outside of the classroom. It was updated March 13, 2020. It offers a range of different types of free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills at home or in group care, especially while schools are closed. Targeted ages vary by resource.
This website is a compilation of learning resources from many organizations. It is organized so that both educators and families can access activities for grades pre-K-5 and grades 6-12. It includes virtual tours of national parks and museums, activities by subject area like social studies and math, and activities in Spanish for students who are English Language Learners.
This PowerPoint offers clear insights into how children and families may react to disasters, as well as a conceptual framework for how to help and specific interventions to offer, such as psychological first aid. While geared to pediatricians, it is very relevant to Out-of-School Time (OST) leaders and caregivers trying to help in the current pandemic. Also available in Spanish.
This review of existing research on literacy programs for out-of-school time (OST) was conducted as part of an initiative for Philadelphia. It includes evidence on literacy outcomes, staffing, and training needs for tutoring programs, after school and summer programs, and online literacy programs.
This video by novelist Chimamanda Adichie shares a powerful message that when we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. She shares examples of how a single story can paint an incomplete picture and can rob people of their humanity.
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.
This website is designed to help navigate the complex field of Social and Emotional Learning to help schools and afterschool programs decide which skills to focus on and how to measure development of those skills. It includes a summary of SEL frameworks, its features, and the ages and settings in which framework is used. It also has a tab to compare two frameworks.