NCASE Resource Library
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of publications, webinars, and other resources on strategies for finding sup
The NCASE Out-of-School Time Professional Development System-Building Toolkit was designed to assist states as they build professional development systems inclusive of school-age providers.
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This issue brief shares three mindfulness practices that can help children who are growing up in a culture that constantly stimulates a stress response. By using mindful breathing, mindful listening, and paying attention to emotions, we can help strengthen neural pathways in the prefrontal cortex to build resilience.
This issue brief provides 11 tips for building resilience with those attending summer camp. It highlights the importance of relationships with peers and adults, building frustration tolerance, confidence, and patience, and encouraging effort and improvement over winning. These tips are relevant for any afterschool or summer program.
This resource is a clearinghouse of data on supports for early childhood program leaders in state-by-state profiles, with a national overview. School-age leaders can learn what their state mandates for leadership qualifications as required by licensing and QRIS. They can also learn about higher education opportunities, salaries, and other key supports.
This report provides a framework for understanding social and emotional learning (SEL). Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs can use it as a reference to compare the content and evidence of effectiveness of 25 SEL programs for elementary-age children. It includes a section on how to adapt SEL resources for Out-of-School Time Programs. This resource supports resilience.
This report is based on a study of 1,085 parents of children age 3-13. It suggests six changes in how schools, organizations, and networks engage families based on a framework of developmental relationships with five features: (1) express care; (2) challenge growth; (3) provide support, (4) share power, and (5) expand possibilities.
This issue brief provides basic tips for those working with homeless youth and young adults on how to respond most effectively. Tips include how to improve interactions with staff and peers, and how to help the ability of youth to participate successfully in programs. This resource supports resilience.
This toolkit is designed to raise awareness among 12-17 year olds of the serious consequences of misusing prescription drugs. The tool kit includes a facilitation guide and teen activities such as how to manage stress, avoid negative influences, and make healthier choices. This resource supports resilience.
Based on the knowledge that strong, positive family relationships are good for children and youth, this easy-to-digest infographic provides suggestions on how to create growth-enhancing family relationships. The 20 suggestions for action are divided into 5 categories--(1) express care; (2) share power; (3) challenge growth; (4) provide support; and (5) expand possibilities.
This tool provides consumer information for what families should know about criminal background checks, including who should have a background check and what is included in state and federal requirements. It links to a state-by-state resource that provides information about licensing, about quality, and also the specifics on each state's criminal background check requirements.
This journal article describes how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can be used as an effective means for staff development with out-of-school time (OST) providers. Based on a research project involving six experienced facilitators, it offers a framework, potential formats, and tips on how to structure PLCs to meet the needs of OST staff and programs.