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This blog highlights key elements of quality in camp experiences, whether virtual or in person, such as building strong relationships and creating safe spaces. It offers frameworks for designing strong programs and as it is a quick but thought-provoking read, it could be an effective tool for staff professional development. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
These State Fact Sheets provide a state-by-state overview of child and family demographics, child care availability, and participation rates in QRIS. School-age state system planners can find information on the number of children and families, available school-age slots, affordability, and number of programs participating in QRIS and at what level.
This series of 18 fact sheets summarizes data about state QRIS systems and includes state examples that can be helpful for state system planners building QRIS systems.
This issue brief identifies high impact strategies for actively co-creating opportunities for family engagement to support learning across the age continuum, both in school and during out-of-school time.
Child Care Aware created this web-based school-age program checklist to help families select a high quality school-age program. It has questions on topics like health and safety, indoor and outdoor environment, caregiver-child interactions, staff qualifications, and parent partnerships. There is a link to print out the five-page checklist.
This issue brief describes the Washington pilot and evaluation results of a quality assessment and improvement process. This was a cross-sector effort with 50 programs that included family child care homes, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and school-age child care centers.
This issue brief examines how three cities worked to sustain summer programs by integrating them into core district priorities and operations. The recommendations are based on interviews with more than 60 school personnel on how to build awareness and connect to district goals, create planning structures, and capitalize on existing experts and systems.
This issue brief highlights the ways afterschool and summer learning programs help youth with workforce development. It includes five city examples of workforce development programs, including mentoring, apprenticeships, and job placement activities.
This issue brief highlights the ways afterschool and summer learning programs help develop youth college and career readiness by increasing attendance rates and academic achievement, and by building college and career opportunities.
This fact sheet provides information on how to support children who have experienced traumatic separation from a caregiver or other family member due to incarceration, military deployment, immigration, or termination of parental rights. It includes tips for professionals who are supporting these children. This resource supports resiliency.