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
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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 issue brief provides a concise overview of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches that are specific to afterschool, as well as those designed for use across settings. It provides principles and considerations for adapting school-based SEL programs for OST.
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.
Over the past eight years, states have made considerable progress in lowering error rates and reducing improper payments in their child care programs. In their State Improper Payments Reports (ACF-404), states share practices that have helped reduce errors, particularly those that lead to improper payments. This brief summarizes practices that states have cited as being most successful.
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 issue brief is an interview with Paul von Hippel from Ohio State University; it shares research that children gain weight two to three times faster in the summer months than during the school year. This trend is especially true for African American and Hispanic children.
This research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. The children have physical activities and receive nutrition information in a program that has expanded to 2,200 schools in 4 states. The research found that as a result of involvement, family perceptions and habits on physical activities and nutrition have shifted.
This issue brief provides case studies of best practices in four exemplary summer programs that provide engaging STEM opportunities. The programs in Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan, and Kentucky produce positive outcomes on grades, standardized test scores, social-emotional competence, and graduation rates.
This issue brief is an interview with the evaluator of a STEM project with middle and high school tribal youth, working with tribal leaders and STEM professionals on a research project about salmon restoration. The evaluation shows how involving youth in an engaging and authentic research project built their STEM skills in a possible career path. There is a link to the full research report.