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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 implementation manual lays out nine overarching guidelines for disability inclusion, then devotes a chapter to each guideline to explore why it is important, how to accomplish it, examples from the field, and related resources.
Through a survey, this research study explored what Out-of-School Time (OST) program staff need in order to feel better prepared to support the inclusion of school-aged children with special needs in their programs. Results indicated that professional development on inclusion is key to success. These findings can inform policy and programmatic decisions on professional development.
This website was designed by Maryland State Department of Education to support early childhood providers in promoting family engagement.
This toolkit was developed as a companion to a three-hour training building social-emotional learning. It is intended to be used primarily with youth in middle school, though it can be adapted for other ages.
This white paper explores three trends for implementing competency-based learning in afterschool programs as a strategy for helping students become college and career ready. It highlights six programs in different states that are working to define competencies, and offer badges and course credit as a means of translating and validating those key skills for college and future employers.
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 resource guide is designed to help community-based organizations (CBOs) understand and develop cultural competency—the ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. It offers a framework for understanding cultural competency, including sections such as: choosing interventions, conducting a needs assessment, workforce diversity, budgeting and costs for intervention.
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 report highlights the importance of healthy, supportive relationships to positive youth outcomes.