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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.
Coaching is one of the most effective ways to support staff and to improve program quality. With its focus on relationships, strengths-based practices, communication, and coaching strategies like reflective practice and building leadership capacity, this guide could be very helpful for leaders of programs in any stage of development.
This guide includes a list of articles and resources to help leaders be resilient and address operational and financial problems due to COVID-19 and other crises. Resources include a podcast on nonprofit collaboration, fundraising in tough times, and a series on the the connection between well-being and social change. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
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 report is the third edition that investigates how the early childhood education (ECE) field is cultivating leaders within the field. Based on a survey, it examines the role of 57 self-identified leadership development programs in supporting staff learning of leadership skills.
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.
This series of 18 fact sheets summarizes data about state QRIS systems and includes state examples that can be helpful for state system planners building QRIS systems.
Once young children reach school age, parents often think the challenge of finding quality child care is behind them. However, many working parents come to realize that finding quality child care for their school-age children can be just as challenging, if not more so.
This issue brief identifies four important things to know about the transition to school, and it also mentions the transition that children and families experience to out-of-school programs: (1) transition is a matter of equity; (2) a smooth transition to school makes a difference for children's outcomes; (3) families play an important role in the transition to school; and (4) it's all about re
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.