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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.
This guide provides engaging activities and challenges to be used for youth-serving summer programs, whether running virtually or in-person, or to send digitally to families. It is organized to support four different age groups (5-9), (10-12), (13-15), (16-18). The first unit was released May 27, 2020 and subsequent units will be released in two-week increments.
American Camp Association and YMCA of USA online and downloadable Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 is now available.
This guidance from the CDC includes important information specifically for child care centers that are open during the pandemic.
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 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.
This toolkit provides guidance and resources for meeting CCDF health and safety training basic requirements as well as best practice. Topics covered include infectious diseases, medication administration, facilities safety, transportation, emergency preparedness, child abuse and maltreatment, and more.
This updated guide offers an introduction to youth development principles and practices to ensure that youth get the most of their Out-of-School Time (OST) experiences.
This toolkit summarizes best practice tools and strategies for fostering family engagement in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. Developed by BOSTnet years ago based on a four-year initiative aimed at improving youth outcomes through family involvement, this classic tool is still relevant today.
This toolkit offers age-appropriate strategies for maximizing opportunities for promoting friendships between youth with and without disabilities. Although not specifically geared to Out-of-School Time (OST), the strategies are applicable. Further, the toolkit could be a helpful professional development resource.