Issue brief

Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next Generation Family Engagement: Engaging Families to Transform Education

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. The five building blocks include: (1) increasing attendance, (2) sharing data, (3) strengthening academic and social development, (4) improving digital media habits and fluency, and (5) maintaining strong relationships with families during key transitions. This brief includes information about after school and summer opportunities. 

States' Payment Rates Under the CCDF Program Could Limit Access to Child Care Providers

The Office of Inspector General's issue brief identifies a concern that if states set payment rates too low, families may not have access to child care providers. While the report identifies that states have to balance competing priorities between raising payment rates, serving eligible families, and ensuring compliance with program requirements, it has recommendations for how states can expand family access to child care. 

Afterschool Providing Key Literacy Supports to English Language Learner Students

This issue brief highlights the challenges English language learners (ELLs) face in developing literacy proficiency and articulates how afterschool programs can play a central role in providing the supports to help ELL students thrive in school, work, and life. For example, out-of-school time (OST) programs can offer a culturally sensitive atmosphere, literacy-related activities that promote motivation and interest, and opportunities for family engagement. The brief includes examples from five states of activities for ELL youth. 

A Snapshot of Rural Afterschool in America

This brief outlines the state of rural afterschool resources. Currently, only 13 percent of rural children participate in afterschool programs compared with 25 percent of urban children; these discrepancies are due to barriers including diverse funding sources, transportation, facilities, staffing, and programming supports. The brief provides examples from three states on how they respond to these challenges. 

A Conceptual Model for Quality in Home-Based Child Care

This brief provides a conceptual model for developing quality improvement initiatives and professional development for home-based child care that takes into account the distinctive characteristics for these settings. The model is organized into three components: (1) foundations for sustainability of care; (2) lasting relationships; and (3) opportunities for learning and development. This publication can be used to develop standards, conduct additional research, or guide professional development systems.

Addressing the Decreasing Number of Family Child Care Providers in the United States

This brief examines the reasons for the sharp decline in the number of Family Child Care (FCC) homes between 2011 and 2017. This decrease is a concern as FCC is an important source of care, especially for infants and toddlers, families in rural and other underserved areas, and those needing non-traditional hours care. It identifies actions that states and territories can take to ensure that FCC remains a strong component of the child care system.

Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences: Strategies for the Out-of-School Time Field

This practice brief developed by the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), is a follow up to the recent research brief, “Adverse Childhood Experiences and the School-Age Population". It includes an overview of ACES mitigation and prevention strategies from a national perspective using CDC and ACES Connection information, and highlights specific state examples of legislation, policies, and practices that have been adopted.

Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Alignment

This issue brief reviews the benefits of a coordinated systems approach between afterschool and workforce. It provides examples of city afterschool models that  provide opportunities for career exploration and building skills in effective communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving. It includes a framework developed by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education from the U.S. Department of Education.

Caring for the Health and Wellness of Children Experiencing Homelessness

This brief provides an overview of homelessness from the viewpoint of the McKinney-Vento legislation about services for homeless children and eligibility for services. Key areas of concern are briefly summarized and links to additional resources are included.

Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF

This report reviews the legislative history behind the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding streams. It explores the sources of CCDF and TANF expenditures and the key trends in federal and state level decisions on child care spending.