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The Path to Quality resource portal provides state system planners with step-by-step guidance and resources to develop quality afterschool systems including information on: (1) designing quality standards, (2) resources and tools aligned to quality standards, and (3) staff supports.
This toolkit is designed to help early childhood specialists use implementation science approaches in process consultation. The toolkit includes an assessment and implementation drivers' checklist that includes strengths-based questions that a school-age TA professional can use to help create a quality improvement plan for a program.
This toolkit is designed to help state system planners from early childhood, Head Start, and schools create plans for a successful transition to kindergarten. It includes materials like a transition and alignment summit guide, a questionnaire on transition practices, and research and resources on why transition matters and how to engage families.
This toolkit is designed to support states and territories in designing a policy approach to promote social emotional development and reduce the likelihood of expulsion and suspension.
This journal article describes the Center for Study of Social Policy's Youth Thrive Framework that is based on how the research on resilience, positive youth development, neuroscience, and trauma can help lead to healthy development and well-being for youth. There are multiple examples of how the Framework can be used to modify frontline practice, policy, and organizational culture.
This self-assessment tool is designed to help afterschool program staff reflect upon their own social and emotional competencies and how their teaching practices promote the development of social and emotional competencies among youth. It includes a section on action planning for personal and professional improvement.
This article defines parent engagement and why it benefits children, families, and afterschool programs. It provides 15 examples of promising practices. Sample outreach materials and parent surveys are included. This resource supports resilience.
This comprehensive guide on preventing child abuse and neglect uses a strength-based framework for protecting children and strengthening families and community networks. Most valuable are the short tip sheets designed for parents in Chapter 5; they build competencies on a wide range of topics and are presented in Spanish as well as English.
This document provides links to teaching resources, training models, publications, and other resources to assist child care providers and families as they help children recover from exposure to a natural disaster or other traumatic event. It includes links to relevant federal agencies, national organizations, and additional publications.
This report examines data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education. It aims to better understand home-based care and the 3.7 million paid and unpaid family child care providers in the U.S. Although the focus is on children aged birth to five years, it also includes tabulations on home-based providers serving school-aged children in Table B.