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The transition to kindergarten is an important milestone in a young child’s life. While this transition is often accompanied by much excitement and anticipation, it can also bring uncertainty and anxiety as children face changes on multiple levels.
This issue brief explores youth engagement in out-of-school time through a review of studies on out-of-school time attendance and participation by middle and high school students. It identifies promising practices for cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional engagement that are essential for achieving positive outcomes. It includes program-level examples from four states.
This issue brief identifies four important things to know about the transition to school, and it also mentions the transition that children and families experience to out-of-school programs: (1) transition is a matter of equity; (2) a smooth transition to school makes a difference for children's outcomes; (3) families play an important role in the transition to school; and (4) it's all about re
This brief shares findings from a series of focus groups with family child care providers supporting mixed-age groups of children. &n
This brief provides an overview of homelessness from the viewpoint of the McKinney-Vento legislation about services for homeless children and eligibility for services. Key areas of concern are briefly summarized and links to additional resources are included.
This issue brief is an interview with researcher Jessica Manta-Myer about an evaluation of the Summer Science Project in 10 elementary school sites in CA. The programs were provided with hands-on curriculum, training, and coaching in STEM. Evaluation showed increased knowledge, skills, and confidence for students, and staff confidence in leading STEM, as well as staff retention.
This issue brief explores American Indian Alaskan Native (AIAN) perspectives on "self-regulation," a key concept in the emerging social and emotional learning field. The article suggests a more holisitic definition of self-regulation, recognizing that in AIAN communities individual existence is understood as inseparable from family and community.
This brief is the result of a collaboration between the National Centers on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), and Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCCCSIA). Thirty-three states took part in a workgroup, known as a Peer Learning Community, and found that many states work collaboratively with providers and stakeholders to
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 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.