NCASE Resource Library
This publication features some of the best resources, including webinars, briefs, and toolkits, available in the online NCASE Resource Library, developed for both practitioners and system builders.
These selected resources, curated by NCASE, offer ideas and information for OST system leaders to support recovery from COVID-19.
The NCASE Out-of-School Time Professional Development System-Building Toolkit was designed to assist states as they build professional development systems inclusive of school-age providers.
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This issue brief shares data from the Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey that indicate that 19% of Hispanic households and 22% of Black households were food insufficient this summer compared to 14% of all households and 9% of white households. Food insufficiency puts children at higher risk of health, academic, behavioral, and emotional problems.
This COVID-19 health guidance for childcare and out-of-school-time care was developed by Vermont and revised in August 2020. It is a cross-sector effort from Department of Health, Agency of Education, and Department for Children and Families to guide both regulated and unregulated child care, including center-based, family-based, summer, recreational, and afterschool programs.
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 infographic is designed to assist directors in making decisions about re-opening youth programs and camps during the pandemic. It asks the main questions about re-opening, about health and safety practices, and about continued monitoring of child and staff health. It reminds directors to also check on guidance provided by state and local health officials.
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.
This webinar included speakers from the Weikart Center, NIOST, and PEAR to share what they are learning about the ways quality differs between in-person programs and online learning when using established quality assessment tools.
There are four issue briefs as part of Reviewing State Policies series: (1) Supporting Financial Stability for Providers; (2) Child Care Ratios and Class Sizes; (3) Protecting Health and Safety; and (4) Support for Families. Each brief provides an overview about state policies emerging during this time of COVID-19, with multiple state policy examples that other states can learn from.
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.
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.