Issue brief

The Afterschool Leadership Landscape: Supporting and Strengthening Racial Equity

This issue brief explores research data, as well as interview and survey data, to frame efforts to support and retain afterschool leaders of color. It suggests approaches for changes in institutional structures and policies that may currently pose barriers to people of color advancing up the career ladder. There are also recommendations for supporting emerging leaders and building skills both on technical management like budgeting, staffing, and board development, as well as competencies needed to produce system change.

Unconscious Bias: When Good Intentions Aren't Enough

This issue brief explores how we can all strengthen our understanding of our internalized biases, so we can be more mindful of working toward equity.  Strategies suggested include developing agreements so we have courageous conversations and reducing stigma so we can talk openly and give honest feedback. The brief includes a link to a well-known self-assessment for implicit bias, and a survey that can help us get to know our students better.  While this brief is written for in-school educators, there is much that is relevant for out-of-school time settings.  

School-Age Child Care Surveys and Rate Setting

Once young children reach school age, parents often think the challenge of finding quality child care is behind them. However, many working parents come to realize that finding quality child care for their school-age children can be just as challenging, if not more so. Child care providers also face unique challenges in staffing a program that meets the demand for affordable school-age child care slots.

Summer--A Time for Learning: Five Lessons from School Districts and Their Partners About Running Successful Programs

This report summarizes lessons learned from the Wallace Foundation's National Summer Learning Project in the five cities of Boston, Dallas, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, and Rochester. Lessons learned include that early planning is crucial; a focus on quality leads to success; districts need to focus on recruitment and attendance; and summer learning should be part of year-round operations for sustainability.  

Voices from the Field: Promising Family Child Care Strategies to Support Children in Mixed-Age Groups

This brief shares findings from a series of focus groups with family child care providers supporting mixed-age groups of children.  

AfterSchool Today

The Fall 2019 issue of AfterSchool Today, the quarterly magazine of the National Afterschool Association (NAA), contains articles relevant to discussion on quality and equity: Allyship in Racial Equity on page 12, Shifting Systems with mention of WA racial equity policy screen on page 13, and Working Toward a More Equitable Future on pages 14-15. You can access this issue, including these articles, at the link provided.  Our friends at NAA ask that we remind you that the magazine is a benefit of membership with the National Afterschool Association.

A Big-Picture Approach to Wellness: Afterschool Supporting Strong Bodies and Minds

This issue brief focuses on the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to wellness that includes attention to social emotional health as well as healthy eating and physical activity. It then illustrates with examples how Out-of-School Time (OST) programs are well situated to be an integral component of initiatives that address the whole child and foster healthy habits that help children develop into healthy, happy, and capable adults.

Collaboration Between CCDF and TANF to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Working Families

This issue brief outlines why collaboration between the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is important for a two-generation approach to break the cycle of poverty so parents can focus on their own education, training, and work. It provides beginning steps for collaboration, numerous state examples, and fiscal considerations.

Equal Access Resources

This issue brief includes links to resources to help states create a plan for equal access. It includes links to key program regulations and guidance from Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) on topics like market rate surveys and family co-payments, FAQ and a webinar on the new rule, and recent data like characteristics of families served. While the primary audience is CCDF state system planners, it provides resources that can be helpful for school-age stakeholders involved in planning for equal access.

SEL to the Core: Building from Foundational Youth Development to Support Social and Emotional Learning

This guide is designed to supplement National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development. It includes eight field-tested, research- and evidence-based practices and who, why, and how to implement these practices. These practices include competencies such as getting in touch with your own social-emotional competencies, building in coaching and reflection for continuous improvement, and providing opportunities for voice, choice, and leadership.