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Issue brief

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.

Continuous Quality Improvement in Early Childhood and School Age Programs: An Update from the Field

This issue brief provides a summary of lessons learned from a Community of Practice (CoP) on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) for early childhood and school-age thought leaders led by BUILD QRIS Learning Network. It includes models of CQI and how CQI is being integrated in quality improvement and professional development systems. It explores what can be learned from CQI in other fields such as education and health.

The State of Family Engagement in Quality Rating and Improvement System Efforts

This research brief examines and encourages an increased focus on family engagement indicators in quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS). It outlines four critical components of family engagement and corresponding indicators that could be incorporated into QRIS efforts at the state level, as well as practices at the program level.

Strategies for Incorporating Youth Voice Into Program Design: The Importance of Youth Leadership, Responsibility, Choice, and Autonomy

This issue brief presents research-based strategies for promoting youth leadership and responsibility, as well as choice and autonomy. The strategies for increasing voice and choice and leadership opportunities are divided into elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Promising Practices for Out-of-School Time Licensing and License-Exempt Systems

This brief is the result of a collaboration between the National Centers on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), and Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCCCSIA).  Thirty-three states took part in a workgroup, known as a Peer Learning Community, and found that many states work collaboratively with providers and stakeholders to prepare together for changing requirements in licensing and monitoring of licensed and license-exempt programs.  States and Territories use the guidance in the Child Care and Development Fund (C