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This blog by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time highlights what their research staff learned this past summer about high-quality practices in virtual programs based on conducting observations of more than 200 hours of online academic and general enrichment programming. The focus is on tips for activity design, youth engagement, and technology.
This site links to critical information and supports, including HHS-ACF resources such as guidance for preparing workplaces and helping communities know mitigation strategies, and a summary of child care provisions under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The Office of Child Care posted this document on March 13, 2020 to provide answers to a number of questions that stakeholders may have in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. The topics include payment to providers, regulatory oversight, and eligibility for CCDF subsidy. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
These evidence-based standards foster nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending out-of-school time programs. Originally developed in 2011 and then adopted and disseminated by the National Afterschool Association, the standards were refreshed in 2018.
This resource defines the principles and practices that guide ethical decision-making strategies to ensure safe, nurturing environments and positive relationships in afterschool programs. Ethical responsibilities are organized into four sections: (1) children and youth, (2) families, (3) colleagues, and (4) community and society.