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Through a survey, this research study explored what Out-of-School Time (OST) program staff need in order to feel better prepared to support the inclusion of school-aged children with special needs in their programs. Results indicated that professional development on inclusion is key to success. These findings can inform policy and programmatic decisions on professional development.
This article explores the challenges and potential of school-afterschool partnerships. Based on interviews with school administrators, afterschool leaders, and front-line staff in three schools, the findings reveal both disconnections and opportunities for fuller communication and collaboration.
This journal article describes the Center for Study of Social Policy's Youth Thrive Framework that is based on how the research on resilience, positive youth development, neuroscience, and trauma can help lead to healthy development and well-being for youth. There are multiple examples of how the Framework can be used to modify frontline practice, policy, and organizational culture.
This webpage offers a variety of resources focused on building resilience in children who face adverse experiences, challenges, and/or hardships.
This website offers resources on a range topics related to healthy youth development, with the goal of helping users create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs.
This article describes six strategies for supporting and enhancing family engagement.
This article lists action steps for establishing effective family engagement programs. It provides a case study from an Iowa program with a range of family engagement strategies. This resource supports resilience.
This website provides basic information about sustance misuse and numerous links to resources on related topics. This is important information for providers to know in case there is a substance use problem among children or families served, and in case any staff may be using substances.
The Afterschool Alliance has developed an easy-to-use searchable database on evidence-based impacts of afterschool and summer programs.
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.