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This issue brief describes the Washington pilot and evaluation results of a quality assessment and improvement process. This was a cross-sector effort with 50 programs that included family child care homes, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and school-age child care centers.
This issue brief reviews the benefits of a coordinated systems approach between afterschool and workforce. It provides examples of city afterschool models that provide opportunities for career exploration and building skills in effective communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving.
This issue brief examines how three cities worked to sustain summer programs by integrating them into core district priorities and operations. The recommendations are based on interviews with more than 60 school personnel on how to build awareness and connect to district goals, create planning structures, and capitalize on existing experts and systems.
This issue brief provides an overview of the research and promising practices on the transition to kindergarten. It provides extensive examples of transition programs that focus on building relationships, alignment, and collaboration among families, preschool, and school.
This issue brief explains the concepts of Positive Youth Development (PYD), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Youth Leadership (YL) and how they are related. Embedded in the document are ideas for best practices and additional resources.
This issue brief provides an overview of social emotional learning (SEL) and character-building opportunities as well as challenges for expanded learning programs. It includes numerous SEL activities and resources on character education at both the program and organizational level. This resource supports resilience.
This brief outlines five core executive function/self-regulation skills needed for success in life: (1) planning, (2) focus, (3) self-control, (4) awareness, and (5) flexibility.
This issue brief has taken the traditional logic model approach and translated it into a less daunting process so all community members can participate in a community-based organization planning process.
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