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This issue brief explores how afterschool and summer programs and systems are well positioned to be strong partners in supporting children and families as things reopen during the pandemic.
American Camp Association and YMCA of USA online and downloadable Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 is now available.
This website provides basic information about substance misuse among families with children.
These guidelines are for child care and after school programs providing care for children of frontline medical workers during the COVID-19 crisis. They include guidance on preparing facilities, handling access to the program, cleaning and disinfecting, and food safety. This brief was published on April 4, 2020 and includes a helpful sample daily checklist for the program.
This website is a compilation of learning resources from many organizations. It is organized so that both educators and families can access activities for grades pre-K-5 and grades 6-12. It includes virtual tours of national parks and museums, activities by subject area like social studies and math, and activities in Spanish for students who are English Language Learners.
This article provides recommendations for child care for essential workers including: (1) use of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards for guidance on the prevention and management of illness; (2) expansion of paid family leave to extended family members of essential workers so they can stay at home with their children; and (3) compensation of all early child
You for Youth (Y4Y) is a virtual hub for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers. This website offers free professional development courses, tips on training staff, resources and tools for designing high-quality programs, and answers to questions.
The transition to kindergarten is an important milestone in a young child’s life. While this transition is often accompanied by much excitement and anticipation, it can also bring uncertainty and anxiety as children face changes on multiple levels.
This issue brief explores youth engagement in out-of-school time through a review of studies on out-of-school time attendance and participation by middle and high school students. It identifies promising practices for cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional engagement that are essential for achieving positive outcomes. It includes program-level examples from four states.
This issue brief highlights the important role of afterschool and summer programs in developing the skills youth need to be successful in today’s workforce, in particular, their role in enhancing competencies that employers often say are missing such as skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, and technology.