Issue brief

Adolescent Well-Being after Experiencing Family Homelessness

This brief describes the impact of family homelessness on adolescents with regard to behavior, school attendance, school performance, and school mobility. Families who had spent at least a week in an emergency shelter were interviewed 20 months later. It provides insight on how to support adolescents and families facing homelessness and the importance of school stability.  This resource supports resilience.

NCASE Summer Learning Brief: Why Summers Matter

Summer learning is a key solution to closing academic and opportunity gaps that affect many communities across the country. When children continue to learn during the summer, they are healthier, safer, and smarter, and their schools and communities are more successful. This brief features research on program quality, funding strategies and information, a program spotlight, and other valuable resources that support reflection and program planning and implementation.

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Spotlight on Quality: What Is Quality and Why Does It Matter?

Brief on the components of a quality school-age program and why quality matters.

Linking Schools and Afterschool Through Social-Emotional Learning

This issue brief explores how in-school educators, afterschool providers, families, and policy makers can work together to build social emotional skills youth need to succeed. The brief explores the policy context for social-emotional learning, how it is currently implemented in afterschool and school settings, and suggestions for how the two can partner on this issue.

Research Brief #1: Trends in Child Care Center Licensing Regulations and Policies for 2014

This brief examines the trends in changes to state licensing regulations. The findings come from state child care regulations and from a survey of state licensing agencies. It is a joint effort between the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement (NCCCQI), a previous contract of the Office of Child Care, and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA). It includes school-age information about ratios, groups sizes, the number of states with separate school-age regulations, and some general information on staff qualifications trends.

Building Literacy in Afterschool

This issue brief includes helpful facts on literacy rates among underserved youth. It identifies ways afterschool and summer programs can contribute to literacy development. It includes program examples and ideas for advocacy.

Using Grants or Contracts to Build and Stabilize Supply

This brief outlines how lead agencies can use direct service grants and contracts to increase the supply of quality child care for underserved or vulnerable populations. Grants and contracts can help stabilize programs and promote higher quality with comprehensive services for school-age and other special populations.

Este documento también está disponible en español: Uso de Subvenciones y Contratos para Desarrollar y Estabilizar Prestaciones

Spotlight on Quality: How State and Territory Subsidy Policies Can Increase Options and Support Family Decisions

This brief explains how to strengthen state and territory subsidy policies for school-age children.  It includes policy suggestions and state examples (Massachusetts, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Connecticut) on consistent rate structures, attendance policies, and flexibility in authorization plans.  This is the third brief in a 3-part series.  

Spotlight on Quality: What Choices Do Families Make and Why?

This brief describes what choices families make for school-age care and why. The brief includes two tables that provide information on what type of care children are in by factors like age, type, family income. The brief also provides research that shows what factors are important for parents in selecting care. This is the second brief in a 3-part series.

Targeting Early Childhood and School-Age Workforce Investments

This is a summary of a series of briefs. It includes a guide to planning and implementation, and a tool for targeting workforce investments. It includes quick facts about the workforce. It outlines top strategies to raise the quality and retention of early childhood and school-age workforce. The summary includes links to the other briefs.