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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 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.
American Camp Association and YMCA of USA online and downloadable Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 is now available.
The American Camping Association has created this contingency planning framework to help summer and camp programs do business planning in these uncertain times, to prepare for possible options around programming.
This review of existing research on literacy programs for out-of-school time (OST) was conducted as part of an initiative for Philadelphia. It includes evidence on literacy outcomes, staffing, and training needs for tutoring programs, after school and summer programs, and online literacy programs.
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 report reviews the legislative history behind the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding streams. It explores the sources of CCDF and TANF expenditures and the key trends in federal and state level decisions on child care spending.
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 guidebook provides a definition of access and how to measure access across different types of settings. It also describes indicators of access, how to measure the indicators, and what data sources exist. While it is primarily designed for birth to age 5, the model can be adapted for use in studying access for school-age care.
This database provides information on state laws and regulations applicable to camps. It identifies the governing body, provides license information, notes if a license is required for both day and residential camps, states what type of background checks are needed (e.g., criminal record and sex offender records), and describes requirements about minimum wage and overtime pay.