Issue brief

The Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Nationally, by State, and by Race or Ethnicity

This issue brief uses data from 2016 National Survey of Children's Health to describe the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in children ages birth to 17.  This is important information as children with a higher number of ACEs are at higher risk for negative outcomes for mental health, health, and financial well-being. The brief includes charts of the number of ACEs children have by state, by region, and by race and ethnicity. 

Child Care Deserts: Developing Solutions to Child Care Supply and Demand

This report introduces the concept of child care deserts, where there is limited or no access to high quality child care. The report shares parent perceptions on selecting and using child care and efforts to track supply and demand and find solutions, especially in low-income communities, rural communities, among families of color, those with nontraditional work schedules, with special needs children, and with children who are English language learners.  While focus is on children under age 5, there is relevant information for school-age system planners.

Summary of Research on the Dimensions Contributing to Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Settings

This issue brief provides a summary of research that identifies three dimensions that lead to suspension and expulsion: (1) absence of a deep understanding of child development with staff; (2) implicit bias; and (3) children who need more and different support than can be provided in an educational or early learning setting alone. 

Expanded Learning Opportunities Quality Initiative: Report to the Legislature

This issue brief describes the Washington pilot and evaluation results of a quality assessment and improvement process. This was a cross-sector effort with 50 programs that included family child care homes, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and school-age child care centers. The evaluation demonstrated program improvement results, highlighted training and coaching as important supports, and identified barriers to quality. 

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.  This resource supports resilience.

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 Child Care and Development Fund Subsidies

School-age children experiencing homelessness have higher rates of health, mental health, and learning issues. This issue brief outlines policy and practice options for increased access, coordination, and data reporting to better serve children eligible for CCDF subsidies. This resource supports resiliency.