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This brief explores how programs that use a positive youth development approach can embed a racial equity perspective to effectively meet needs of youth of color. It suggests that programs think about who is offered program services, build staff capacity to recognize personal bias and structural inequalities, and insure leadership opportunities.
On June 3, 2020 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted the webinar, "Navigating the Transition to Kindergarten and School-Age Care." NCASE was joined by colleagues from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) and the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement (NCPFCE).
Federal, state, and local agencies are increasing investments and building capacity in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergencies of all types can occur abruptly and cause devastation to programs, families, communities, and entire towns or cities.
On November 7, 2019, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted the second part of the webinar series "Supporting Positive Social-Emotional Climates in Out-of-School Time." This interactive session included promising practices from a recently concluded 10 state Professional Learning Group. Topics included: state systems, partnerships and funding; buildin
This issue brief about trauma-informed care brings a strengths-based perspective that emphasizes resilience. There is a review of the signs of trauma, how it impacts trauma and how to practice trauma-informed care using the Four Rs: realizing the widespread nature of childhood trauma, recognizing the symptoms, responding by adjusting policies and practices, and resisting re-traumatization.
On September 26, 2019, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted the first of a two-part webinar series, highlighting promising practices from a recently concluded 10 state Professional Learning Group. Topics included:
The Office of Inspector General's issue brief identifies a concern that if states set payment rates too low, families may not have access to child care providers.
This brief provides a conceptual model for developing quality improvement initiatives and professional development for home-based child care that takes into account the distinctive characteristics for these settings. The model is organized into three components: (1) foundations for sustainability of care; (2) lasting relationships; and (3) opportunities for learning and development.
Out-of-School Time (OST) programs can play a role in mitigating and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are disruptive to a school-age child’s academic and social development. State policies and initiatives are often the catalysts that support OST programs in this critical work.