NCASE Resource Library
The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of publications, webinars, and other resources on strategies for finding sup
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 seven experiences children need to become resilient including building new relationships, developing a powerful identity, feeling in control, and fostering a sense of one's own culture and that of others.
This brief outlines the "soft skills" that are needed to be successful in the workplace in the 21st century, and how Out-of-School Time (OST) practitioners can be more proactive in supporting the development of these employability skills. This resource may be especially useful to those OST practitioners working with older youth.
This issue brief provides an easy-to-understand overview of the research on the development of social and emotional competencies in youth. It includes work done on how to define the concepts, research on how Out-of-School Time (OST) programs contribute to growth, and recommendations on next steps for practitioners and researchers.
This brief outlines five core executive function/self-regulation skills needed for success in life: (1) planning, (2) focus, (3) self-control, (4) awareness, and (5) flexibility.
This issue brief shares three mindfulness practices that can help children who are growing up in a culture that constantly stimulates a stress response. By using mindful breathing, mindful listening, and paying attention to emotions, we can help strengthen neural pathways in the prefrontal cortex to build resilience.
Over the past eight years, states have made considerable progress in lowering error rates and reducing improper payments in their child care programs. In their State Improper Payments Reports (ACF-404), states share practices that have helped reduce errors, particularly those that lead to improper payments. This brief summarizes practices that states have cited as being most successful.
This issue brief provides basic tips for those working with homeless youth and young adults on how to respond most effectively. Tips include how to improve interactions with staff and peers, and how to help the ability of youth to participate successfully in programs. This resource supports resilience.
This brief describes the impact of family homelessness on adolescents with regard to behavior, school attendance, school performance, and school mobility. Families who had spent at least a week in an emergency shelter were interviewed 20 months later.
This research brief summarizes a study of the impact of a before-school physical activity program. The children have physical activities and receive nutrition information in a program that has expanded to 2,200 schools in 4 states. The research found that as a result of involvement, family perceptions and habits on physical activities and nutrition have shifted.
This issue brief provides case studies of best practices in four exemplary summer programs that provide engaging STEM opportunities. The programs in Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan, and Kentucky produce positive outcomes on grades, standardized test scores, social-emotional competence, and graduation rates.