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This website is designed to help navigate the complex field of Social and Emotional Learning to help schools and afterschool programs decide which skills to focus on and how to measure development of those skills. It includes a summary of SEL frameworks, its features, and the ages and settings in which framework is used. It also has a tab to compare two frameworks.
On September 26, 2019, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted the first of a two-part webinar series, highlighting promising practices from a recently concluded 10 state Professional Learning Group. Topics included:
This website offers a wealth of information, resources, and state and national data sheets on a range of topics related to promoting positive youth development and helping deal with challenges that may arise such as pregnancy, mental health issues, obesity, substance abuse, relationships and dating violence, or illness.
On March 28, 2019, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted the "Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Out-of-School Time" webinar. Co-hosted with the National Afterschool Association, the event included discussion of: research about school-age children's development and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); strategie
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 webinar explores the new social emotional learning items for the YPQA tool with a focus on creating a safe environment, emotion coaching, and empathy. It is designed for program directors and staff, providing numerous concrete examples about how to raise the bar on outstanding staff practices on supporting social-emotional learning.
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.
In May and June 2016, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted the "Summer Learning: Promising Practices and Innovation Strategies" webinar to share information about the critical issues related to summer learning for the school-age care community.