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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 provides a summary of the increasingly robust research base on key characteristics of high quality programs and the resulting child outcomes. It also refers to the many valid and reliable measures that exist to examine program effectiveness, including the California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project.
This issue brief shares how to apply new research from neuroscience to build an out-of-school time (OST) program that will help recruit and retain underserved youth. The brief describes how LA's Best programs build on what is relevant and of interest to youth to build an engaging social setting, while embedding literacy and numeracy skills.
This infographic lists the 10 categories of the NAA (National Afterschool Association) core knowledge and competencies (CKCs). The CKCs articulate what professionals need to know and be able to do for a program to be considered high quality. This infographic presents the 10 core knowledge areas in an easy-to-read-and-remember format.
This issue brief identifies the practices associated with program quality in both formal and informal summer learning programs. It includes basic tips on summer reading and links to related research.
This issue brief includes helpful facts on literacy rates among underserved youth. It identifies ways afterschool and summer programs can contribute to literacy development. It includes program examples and ideas for advocacy.
This research brief shares findings from summer learning projects in five cities or regions. The randomized control trial found that children who had high attendance for two consecutive summers had better outcomes in math, English language arts, and social-emotional competence. The brief also provides five related promising practice tips for program leaders.
This toolkit is a compilation of resources focused on fostering the development of young Dual Language Learners (DLLs). The research, audiovisual resources, and online resources listed encourage practices, tools, and strategies that are inclusive, responsive, and culturally appropriate for young DLLs and their families. Most listed resources are free; some are available in Spanish.
This webinar explores ways to create a framework for continuity, consistency, equity and developmentally appropriate practice between early childhood and schools. The focus is on birth to grade three and can be helpful for school-age to consider. The ideas and state examples suggest we need to align practices and polices through cross-sector relationships.
This website for the HOST coalition identifies events and resources on healthy eating, physical activity, health, screen time, and social supports. It includes links to dozens of other related organizations.