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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 webinar brings together panelists representing Afterschool Alliance, Child Care Aware of America, National Association of Family Child Care, and Urban Institute to share what needs to happen in out-of-school time as schools reopen during COVID-19.
This webinar included speakers from the Weikart Center, NIOST, and PEAR to share what they are learning about the ways quality differs between in-person programs and online learning when using established quality assessment tools.
This webinar, the 8th in a series on early childhood education (ECE), is a topical, thoughtful discussion about systemic racism in early childhood education. It addresses the impact of racism on children, families, and child care providers.
This blog highlights key elements of quality in camp experiences, whether virtual or in person, such as building strong relationships and creating safe spaces. It offers frameworks for designing strong programs and as it is a quick but thought-provoking read, it could be an effective tool for staff professional development. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
The interim guidance from the CDC includes important information for schools and child care centers in both English and Spanish. It includes a fact sheet about children and COVID-19 and a document on how to stop the spread of the virus. It was updated March 12, 2020. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
These State Fact Sheets provide a state-by-state overview of child and family demographics, child care availability, and participation rates in QRIS. School-age state system planners can find information on the number of children and families, available school-age slots, affordability, and number of programs participating in QRIS and at what level.
On this webinar, four national organizations share national trends and state strategies for use increased Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding and how these funds are making a difference for children, families, and providers.
Child Care Aware created this web-based school-age program checklist to help families select a high quality school-age program. It has questions on topics like health and safety, indoor and outdoor environment, caregiver-child interactions, staff qualifications, and parent partnerships. There is a link to print out the five-page checklist.
This webinar explores the new social emotional learning items for the YPQA tool with a focus on creating a safe environment, emotion coaching, and empathy. It is designed for program directors and staff, providing numerous concrete examples about how to raise the bar on outstanding staff practices on supporting social-emotional learning.