Issue brief

Building Protective and Promotive Factors in Afterschool

This brief, based on a longer white paper, identifies and summarizes key findings in the existing literature on 12 protective and promotive factors relevant to afterschool. It then presents a conceptual model for how afterschool programs can use evidence-informed practices to impact protective and promotive factors to improve three important developmental outcomes: (1) substance misuse and abuse; (2) problem behaviors; and (3) academic performance. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Leveraging the Best Available Evidence

This issue brief explores evidence-based strategies to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Strategies include: (1) strengthening economic supports; (2) promoting social norms that protect against violence; (3) ensuring a strong start for children; (4) teaching skills to help parents and youth handle stress; (5) connecting youth to caring adults and activities; and (6) intervening to lesson effects of ACEs. Some strategies connect directly to out-of-school time while other strategies will require broader partnerships. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Engaging Family Child Care Providers in Quality Improvement Systems

This brief is part of a series to engage family child care (FCC) providers in quality improvement initiatives. It addresses three questions related to building systems that are inclusive of FCC providers: (1) What challenges do states have to overcome to effectively reach out to FCC providers? (2) What can we learn from past studies and initiatives with FCC providers that can inform future efforts? and (3) What outreach and recruitment practices effectively engage FCC providers in quality improvement initiatives? It includes sample strategies.

Reviewing State Policies

There are four issue briefs as part of Reviewing State Policies series: (1) Supporting Financial Stability for Providers; (2) Child Care Ratios and Class Sizes; (3) Protecting Health and Safety; and (4) Support for Families. Each brief provides an overview about state policies emerging during this time of COVID-19, with multiple state policy examples that other states can learn from. Scroll down the list of blog names to find these four briefs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

The Demand for Both Coverage and Quality in Out-of-School Time

This brief helps to illustrate how the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) bridges the needs of low-income working families with promising practices for out-of-school time, relating the experiences of parents in their own voices.

Meeting the School-Age Child Care Needs of Working Parents Facing COVID-19 Distance Learning: Policy Options to Consider

This issue brief was designed to inform the strategies and policies that the federal, state, and local government, as well as child care stakeholders, could adopt to support children, families, and afterschool programs during COVID-19. It opens with a review of the challenges that school-age child care is facing. Then it moves on to make policy recommendations including  cross- sector collaboration, funding and the subsidy system, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, licensing, grants, training and TA, and food programs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

A School-Year Like No Other Demands a New Learning Day: A Blueprint for How Afterschool Programs and Community Partners Can Help

This issue brief provides a blueprint for how after school programs can help during COVID-19 by building school and community partnerships. It provides a useful chart to guide the response whether schools are providing in-person learning, remote learning, or a hybrid approach. A companion webinar on this brief can be found here:

An Anti-Racist Approach to Supporting Child Care Through COVID-19 and Beyond

This issue brief offers local, state and policy recommendations for meeting the current public health and economic crisis while rebuilding the system for the future. It provides recommendations for child care investments based on understanding the needs of families and providers to increase access and affordability, and health, mental health, and safety. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Complex Trauma: In Urban African-American Children, Youth, and Families

This issue brief discusses how families living in racially and economically segregated communities must also cope with the effects of historical trauma and intergenerational racism. It presents specific barriers that African-Americans face in obtaining needed services and mental health supports. It offers tips for overcoming barriers such as ideas for how providers can build supportive relationships. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Embedding a Racial Equity Perspective in the Positive Youth Development Approach

This brief explores how programs that use a positive youth development approach can embed a racial equity perspective to effectively meet needs of youth of color. It suggests that programs think about who is offered program services, build staff capacity to recognize personal bias and structural inequalities, and insure leadership opportunities. It provides an example of how the 5-city Generation Work Initiative has intentionally integrated these two complementary approaches. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.