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This activity guide includes 40 activities for youth to learn about the science of COVID-19 and to develop greater social awareness and empathy. It was developed for the State Afterschool Networks (SANs) and has activities useful for out-of-school programs and family child care providers whether offering in-person, virtual, or take-home activities.
The Afterschool Alliance's webpage on COVID-19 offers a rich array of resources to help support Out-of-School Time (OST) system builders, administrators, and practitioners in navigating the challenges of the pandemic as they strive to effectively serve children, families, and providers.
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 issue brief outlines why OST programs are an essential part of the nationwide response to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a user-friendly look at how many children use or need afterschool programs and what impact quality programs have. It outlines what parents, businesses, schools, and state and local policymakers can do to support OST programs during COVID-19.
This resource was compiled by School’s Out Washington along with dozens of youth development organizations to advance school-community partnerships as school year begins.
This toolkit includes issue briefs created by the Utah Afterschool on topics such as how to run a safe program, how to find a new location, and how to recruit and retain staff. It also includes links to related resources and a spreadsheet with fall reopening plans for each school district. A related tool is the Align for Success Toolkit about afterschool-school partnerships.
This issue brief provides a summary of tools and guidance for summer programs. It includes a summary of the Center for Disease Control's guidance for youth and summer camps, the extensive field guide developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA, and a comparison of summer camp guidance in 10 states.
This webinar explores issues related to virtual summer camp programming. A panel of three practitioners from different types of camps share their experiences and expertise in online programming.
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.