Issue brief

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.

Making Summer Last: Integrating Summer Programs into Core District Priorities and Operations

This issue brief examines how three cities worked to sustain summer programs by integrating them into core district priorities and operations. The recommendations are based on interviews with more than 60 school personnel on how to build awareness and connect to district goals, create planning structures, and capitalize on existing experts and systems. 

CCDF Family Co-Payments

This issue brief provides guidance for how states and territories can ensure that they meet Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) requirements that co-payments are affordable and do not act as a barrier to families seeking child care subsidy. It includes a series of questions for lead agencies to consider when designing sliding fee scales, what states may exclude as countable income, an example of a sliding fee scale from Michigan, and a list of how 22 states and two territories have set dollar amounts.

Guidance on Estimating and Reporting the Costs of Child Care

This issue brief provides guidance to support Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agencies and their partners on using cost estimates to inform rate setting. It outlines factors that influence the cost of care, both at base costs and at higher levels of quality. This brief can be helpful for school-age networks or providers participating in the CCDF requirement that states consider cost information to set payment rates and write a report. 

Delivering on the Promise of Effective Early Childhood Education

This issue brief provides a review of best practice strategies for creating inclusive early learning settings. It also identifies system-level reforms that can reduce disproportionate suspensions and expulsions for Black children. It is part of the National Black Child Development Institute's campaign, Eliminating Exclusionary Discipline and Concentrating on Inclusion. Although the data are focused on ages birth to five, the strategies included are relevant for school-age.

Aligning Out-of-School Time Services for Children Experiencing Homelessness

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) is pleased to share a practice brief on Aligning Out-of-School Time Services for Children Experiencing Homelessness. This brief is the fifth in a periodic series published by NCASE to build awareness of promising practices in the field of school-age child care.