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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 discusses how families living in racially and economically segregated communities must also cope with the effects of historical trauma and intergenerational racism. It presents specific barriers that African-Americans face in obtaining needed services and mental health supports.
This brief explores how programs that use a positive youth development approach can embed a racial equity perspective to effectively meet needs of youth of color. It suggests that programs think about who is offered program services, build staff capacity to recognize personal bias and structural inequalities, and insure leadership opportunities.
This issue brief explores how COVID-related school closures are likely to effect children’s academic progress, access to resources, and overall health and wellbeing and how systemic inequities exacerbate the impact for some groups.
This issue brief outlines steps that public and private sector leaders can guide a comeback effort and build back better following COVID-19. It includes steps such as building real-time data on supply and demand, business coaching and provider-based technology, revisiting quality standards, and new rate setting and payment methods. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
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 issue brief provides recommendations for how to best support home-based child care providers during COVID-19, recognizing that this is an especially important part of the supply right now, and was already seeing instability and a decline in providers.
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 highlights the important role of afterschool and summer programs in developing the skills youth need to be successful in today’s workforce, in particular, their role in enhancing competencies that employers often say are missing such as skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, and technology.
This review of existing research on literacy programs for out-of-school time (OST) was conducted as part of an initiative for Philadelphia. It includes evidence on literacy outcomes, staffing, and training needs for tutoring programs, after school and summer programs, and online literacy programs.