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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 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 updated issue brief provides a summary of key evaluations on the impact of after school programs. It focuses on academic outcomes, school attendance, student behavior, and parental concerns about student safety.
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 brief shares findings from a series of focus groups with family child care providers supporting mixed-age groups of children. &n
This issue brief focuses on the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to wellness that includes attention to social emotional health as well as healthy eating and physical activity.
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.
This issue brief highlights the challenges English language learners (ELLs) face in developing literacy proficiency and articulates how afterschool programs can play a central role in providing the supports to help ELL students thrive in school, work, and life.
This brief provides a conceptual model for developing quality improvement initiatives and professional development for home-based child care that takes into account the distinctive characteristics for these settings. The model is organized into three components: (1) foundations for sustainability of care; (2) lasting relationships; and (3) opportunities for learning and development.
This brief provides an overview of homelessness from the viewpoint of the McKinney-Vento legislation about services for homeless children and eligibility for services. Key areas of concern are briefly summarized and links to additional resources are included.