Issue brief

Strategic Directions: Technical Assistance Professionals in State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems

Based on surveys, focus groups, and interviews, this policy brief identifies how states are creating policies for developing, supporting, and monitoring Technical Assistance professionals. There are recommendations on developing: (1) common terminology; (2) standards and competencies; (3) career pathways; and (4) data and evaluation systems. A separate policy advocacy tool enables states to identify progress.

Tearless Logic Model

This issue brief has taken the traditional logic model approach and translated it into a less daunting process so all community members can participate in a community-based organization planning process. The approach breaks the process into a series of questions that can be completed within two hours.The process can be used to create a program-level logic model, or to create a logic model to guide state afterschool network or state system-building efforts. 

Identifying Profiles of Quality in Home-Based Care

This brief is designed to examine home-based provider quality and to inform the content and dosage of professional development interventions they receive. The higher quality providers are more experienced, have more training, are usually licensed, and belong to a provider organization.

Complex Trauma: Facts for Service Providers Working with Homeless Youth and Young Adults

This issue brief provides basic tips for those working with homeless youth and young adults on how to respond most effectively. Tips include how to improve interactions with staff and peers, and how to help the ability of youth to participate successfully in programs.

Creating a Successful Formula to Engage Out-of-School Time Programs in Quality Improvement Systems

Taking a cross-sector approach can be an effective strategy to engage out-of-school time (OST) programs in quality improvement systems. From December of 2016 through March of 2017, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) engaged cross-sector planning teams in an OST collaboration on topics including: readiness and stages of change in building cross-sector partnerships; quality rating improvement system participation and incentives; leadership, technical assistance, and continuous quality improvement; and strengthening adult-child interactions and instructional

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.