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This issue brief explores how afterschool and summer programs and systems are well positioned to be strong partners in supporting children and families as things reopen during the pandemic.
This resource offers information on supporting children’s emotional well-being during the COVID-19 public health crisis. It includes recommendations for how to talk to children about the virus and how to promote emotional health through reassurance, routines, and regulation. It also includes links to key organizations that can support children, families, and providers.
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.
The Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance is exploring ways to strengthen systems and support for whole child learning and development.
This resource includes a video and a brief summary of a mindfulness program in the Baltimore Schools, where students were trained in breathing techniques and yoga poses for 45 minutes, 4 times a week for 12 weeks.
This issue brief provides an overview of the prevalence of mental health issues for children and youth. It explores how schools are often the de facto mental health system for children; therefore, schools could be a first step for afterschool programs wanting partnerships for support on mental health needs.
This is an online toolkit for program leaders who want to start or improve an afterschool program. It includes 96 ready-to-use tools that include practical tips and Voices from the Field. For example, there are tools on hiring, conducting a needs assessment, logic model planning, and activity ideas like creating a warm and welcoming environment and homework help.
This issue brief describes the importance and impact of involving families in youth development programs. It presents examples of how programs that are part of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development have used three strategies to engage families: communication, participation, and partnerships.
This journal article describes the Center for Study of Social Policy's Youth Thrive Framework that is based on how the research on resilience, positive youth development, neuroscience, and trauma can help lead to healthy development and well-being for youth. There are multiple examples of how the Framework can be used to modify frontline practice, policy, and organizational culture.
This issue brief explores how in-school educators, afterschool providers, families, and policy makers can work together to build social emotional skills youth need to succeed. The brief explores the policy context for social-emotional learning, how it is currently implemented in afterschool and school settings, and suggestions for how the two can partner on this issue.