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This issue brief presents research-based strategies for promoting youth leadership and responsibility, as well as choice and autonomy. The strategies for increasing voice and choice and leadership opportunities are divided into elementary school, middle school, and high school.
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections is a federally funded collection of publications and datasets on early childhood development, education and policy. This Research-to-Policy Resource List highlights the work of the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) and focuses on resources in the Research Connections collection published in the
This issue brief provides a summary of the increasingly robust research base on key characteristics of high quality programs and the resulting child outcomes. It also refers to the many valid and reliable measures that exist to examine program effectiveness, including the California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project.
This issue brief shares how to apply new research from neuroscience to build an out-of-school time (OST) program that will help recruit and retain underserved youth. The brief describes how LA's Best programs build on what is relevant and of interest to youth to build an engaging social setting, while embedding literacy and numeracy skills.
This issue brief identifies the practices associated with program quality in both formal and informal summer learning programs. It includes basic tips on summer reading and links to related research.
This issue brief includes helpful facts on literacy rates among underserved youth. It identifies ways afterschool and summer programs can contribute to literacy development. It includes program examples and ideas for advocacy.
This paper provides information on state and territory efforts to use contracts and grants with providers, beginning with an overview of states and territories whose 2016–18 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plans indicate that they are currently using contracts and grants.
This issue brief highlights interviews conducted by BUILD QRIS Learning Network with 29 key informants from 7 states and 9 national entities to explore thinking about Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). There was consensus that building a CQI culture at multiple levels will strengthen outcomes for children and families and build change that lasts.
The Stage of Change approach provides a model for those leading change to take into account readiness for change tied to motivation, confidence, and commitment levels of the individuals engaged in change. It is a model for educators, based on practices for health care and mental health. It offers guidance on what support to provide staff, given their stage of readiness for change.
This brief explains how to strengthen state and territory subsidy policies for school-age children. It includes policy suggestions and state examples (Massachusetts, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Connecticut) on consistent rate structures, attendance policies, and flexibility in authorization plans. This is the third brief in a 3-part series.