Issue brief

Serving Children Experiencing Homelessness with CCDF 

This issue brief offers recommendations on how states and programs can ensure that children who are homeless have increased access to quality child care and afterschool programs, as required by the CCDBG (Child Care Development Block Grant) Reauthorization Act of 2014 and the CCDF (Child Care and Development Fund) Final Rule. This information may also be useful to providers and families seeking to better understand these laws.

Learning English and Beyond: A Holistic Approach to Supporting English Learners in Afterschool

This article shares the important role that afterschool can play in providing academic support while validating the cultural identities of English Language Learners (ELLs). It offers a set of seven principles to implement in programs in order to create a comprehensive vision for English Learner's success.

Continuous Quality Improvement in Early Childhood and School Age Programs: An Update from the Field

This issue brief provides a summary of lessons learned from a Community of Practice (CoP) on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) for early childhood and school-age thought leaders led by BUILD QRIS Learning Network. It includes models of CQI and how CQI is being integrated in quality improvement and professional development systems. It explores what can be learned from CQI in other fields such as education and health.

The State of Family Engagement in Quality Rating and Improvement System Efforts

This research brief examines and encourages an increased focus on family engagement indicators in quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). It outlines four critical components of family engagement and corresponding indicators that could be incorporated into QRIS efforts at the state level, as well as practices at the program level.

Strategies for Incorporating Youth Voice Into Program Design: The Importance of Youth Leadership, Responsibility, Choice, and Autonomy

This issue brief presents research-based strategies for promoting youth leadership and responsibility, as well as choice and autonomy. The strategies for increasing voice and choice and leadership opportunities are divided into elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Promising Practices for Out-of-School Time Licensing and License-Exempt Systems

This brief is the result of a collaboration between the National Centers on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), and Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCCCSIA).  Thirty-three states took part in a workgroup, known as a Peer Learning Community, and found that many states work collaboratively with providers and stakeholders to prepare together for changing requirements in licensing and monitoring of licensed and license-exempt programs.  States and Territories use the guidance in the Child Care and Development Fund (C

Building High-Quality After School Systems: Research-to-Policy Resources

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections is a federally funded collection of publications and datasets on early childhood development, education and policy.  This Research-to-Policy Resource List highlights the work of the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) and focuses on resources in the Research Connections collection published in the past ten years that focus on building high-quality after school systems.

Afterschool Program Quality and Student Outcomes: Reflections on Positive Key Findings on Learning and Development From Recent Research

This issue brief provides a summary of the increasingly robust research base on key characteristics of high quality programs and the resulting child outcomes. It also refers to the many valid and reliable measures that exist to examine program effectiveness, including the California Afterschool Outcome Measures Project. It provides implications for policy around program quality and outcomes.

How Quality Afterschool Programs Help Motivate and Engage More Young People in Learning, Schooling, and Life

This issue brief shares how to apply new research from neuroscience to build an out-of-school time (OST) program that will help recruit and retain underserved youth. The brief describes how LA's Best programs build on what is relevant and of interest to youth to build an engaging social setting, while embedding literacy and numeracy skills. It also includes recommendations for program design.

Coordinating Child Care and Development Fund and 21st Century Community Learning Center Services

The largest federal funding streams that support access to quality school-age opportunities are the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) program.  Both federal programs have a common goal: to support safe places for school-age children to spend time before and after school and during the summer months.