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Issue brief

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.

What Makes A Quality Summer Reading Program?

This issue brief identifies the practices associated with program quality in both formal and informal summer learning programs. It includes basic tips on summer reading and links to related research.

School-Community Learning Partnerships: Essential to Expanded Learning Success

This issue brief provides a review of the research on benefits of school-community partnerships for students and families. It identifies features of effective partnerships (complements academic efforts with enrichment, supports transitions across school years, helps programs to gain access to students, to staff, and to resources).

Business Leaders: Expanding Afterschool and Summer Learning Opportunities Can Make a Bottom Line Difference

This issue brief is a compilation of a panel of business leaders involved in supporting afterschool. It underscores the importance of "soft skills" in preparing youth for today's workforce, including communication skills, teamwork, and critical thinking skills . It explores how business involvement greatly benefits programs.

Enhancing Program Quality and Care Through Supervision

This issue brief explores best practices for afterschool staff supervision of youth to ensure safety. It outlines the legal definition of neglect. It includes strategies for risk management including facility inspection, proper equipment, activity planning, first aid, and emergency preparedness.