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This white paper explores three trends for implementing competency-based learning in afterschool programs as a strategy for helping students become college and career ready. It highlights six programs in different states that are working to define competencies, and offer badges and course credit as a means of translating and validating those key skills for college and future employers.
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the largest national child care subsidy program used to support low-income families, yet these subsidies are only one part of the funding picture. In fact, more than 100 federal funding sources can be used to support out-of-school time care. Families and programs often rely on a variety of different public and private funds to make ends meet.
On October 18, 2018 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) facilitated a webinar focused on exploring ways to improve the quality and supply of family child care for school-age children. During active engagement and sharing, participants had the opportunity to: review data on Family Child Care (FCC) and what FCC providers in a focus group identified as strategies
School-age children experiencing homelessness have higher rates of health, mental health, and learning issues. This issue brief outlines policy and practice options for increased access, coordination, and data reporting to better serve children eligible for CCDF subsidies. This resource supports resiliency.
On September 20, 2018, NCASE facilitated a webinar where participants learned from the experiences of states and programs that have combined different funding sources to support programming. The event included discussion of the benefits and challenges of combining funds, a review of different methods and possible funding sources that support quality out-of-school time (OST) care, and pres
This issue brief explains the concepts of Positive Youth Development (PYD), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Youth Leadership (YL) and how they are related. Embedded in the document are ideas for best practices and additional resources.
This scorecard identifies state policies and guidance to support students social and emotional development (SEL). It provides links to the research and to state-by-state SEL competencies, websites, and resources.
This toolkit is designed to support professionals at all levels to integrate digital learning into afterschool and summer programs. It includes 9 interactive or text-based modules that explain the importance of digital learning in OST as an issue of equity and access, plus a 16-page brief.
This is an online toolkit for program leaders who want to start or improve an afterschool program. It includes 96 ready-to-use tools that include practical tips and Voices from the Field. For example, there are tools on hiring, conducting a needs assessment, logic model planning, and activity ideas like creating a warm and welcoming environment and homework help.
Family-friendly policies offer parents financial stability and continuity in the care of children. They can also reduce the administrative burden for CCDF lead agencies.