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These updated standards of best practice for afterschool/out-of-school (OST) time programs were developed by the Council on Accreditation in consultation with leading organizations in the field. They reflect the latest thinking in key practices that are critical for the healthy developmental growth of children and youth through participation in OST programs.
Family child care (FCC) plays an important role in meeting the needs of families with school-age children. This tool offers a framework for assessing local, regional, and state policies and practices to ensure they support access to high-quality FCC options.
This toolkit is designed to help early childhood specialists use implementation science approaches in process consultation. The toolkit includes an assessment and implementation drivers' checklist that includes strengths-based questions that a school-age TA professional can use to help create a quality improvement plan for a program.
This updated guide offers an introduction to youth development principles and practices to ensure that youth get the most of their Out-of-School Time (OST) experiences.
This guide provides coaches with a reflective tool to examine program practices through a lens of culturally responsive practice and to identify implicit bias. It includes coach reflection questions, a way to identify issues and provide feedback, resources, and tips on working through resistance.
This toolkit features more than 50 adaptable tools, sample documents, tip sheets, and guidance on how to use them drawn from five urban districts and their partners, who formed the National Summer Learning Project. It is organized into five planning areas: (1) staffing, (2) site climate, (3) student recruitment, (4) planning, and (5) academics and enrichment.
This toolkit is designed to help state system planners from early childhood, Head Start, and schools create plans for a successful transition to kindergarten. It includes materials like a transition and alignment summit guide, a questionnaire on transition practices, and research and resources on why transition matters and how to engage families.
This website offers a variety of technical assistance activities and supports to build system capacity to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families.
This website was designed by Maryland State Department of Education to support early childhood providers in promoting family engagement.
This toolkit offers an overview of the opioid problem and how OST programs and communities can respond. Part I includes an introduction to the opioid crisis, along with assessment and planning tools for designing a prevention initiative based on local needs.