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This report is the third edition that investigates how the early childhood education (ECE) field is cultivating leaders within the field. Based on a survey, it examines the role of 57 self-identified leadership development programs in supporting staff learning of leadership skills.
This report examines evidence on outcomes and the effectiveness of summer experiences for youth on academic learning, social and emotional development, physical and mental health, and safety.
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 important report from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development explores how the development of social emotional skills and competencies are essential for children and youth to thrive in school, career, and life.
This white paper explores three trends for implementing competency-based learning in afterschool programs as a strategy for helping students become college and career ready. It highlights six programs in different states that are working to define competencies, and offer badges and course credit as a means of translating and validating those key skills for college and future employers.
This report reviews rigorous large-scale evaluations and meta-analyses to understand the value and effectiveness of out-of-school programs through lenses of content, dosage, and outcomes. It includes recommendations for policy, practice, and funding based on the findings. It also has a separate appendix that summarizes results of primary and secondary outcomes from research.
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 article defines parent engagement and why it benefits children, families, and afterschool programs. It provides 15 examples of promising practices. Sample outreach materials and parent surveys are included. This resource supports resilience.
This study is focused on older youth aged 13-18; it shows that 1 in 10 young adults aged 18-25, and 1 in 30 youth aged 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or a guardian. At higher risk of homelessness are youth with mental health and substance use issues, as well as youth of color and LGBTQ youth. The report includes recommendations for prevention.
This report summarizes 2014 survey results and provides a quick picture of supply and demand in afterschool. It indicates that the numbers of children being served in afterschool have increased to 10.2 million. It also indicates that the numbers of children that would enroll if a program were available is increasing to 19.4 million.