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NCASE Workforce Resources

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of resources focused on supporting the out-of-school time (OST) workforce. This publication, NCASE Workforce Resources, is part of a series compiling NCASE resources on a particular theme for the benefit of state, territory, and tribal Lead Agencies and their designated networks. The goal is to promote professional development and capacity building.

Health Guidance for Childcare and Out-of-School-Time Care

This COVID-19 health guidance for childcare and out-of-school-time care was developed by Vermont and revised in August 2020. It is a cross-sector effort from Department of Health, Agency of Education, and Department for Children and Families to guide both regulated and unregulated child care, including center-based, family-based, summer, recreational, and afterschool programs. It includes practices on a range of topics like re-opening, staffing, COVID cases in programs, physical distancing, and health resources, including access to public health nurses.

Learning about COVID-19: Activity Guide

This activity guide includes 40 activities for youth to learn about the science of COVID-19 and to develop greater social awareness and empathy. It was developed for the State Afterschool Networks (SANs) and has activities useful for out-of-school programs and family child care providers whether offering in-person, virtual, or take-home activities. The activities are organized into four age groups (5-9), (10-12), (13-15), and (16-18).

OST Online: Delivering Quality Virtual Learning Experiences

This blog by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time highlights what their research staff learned this past summer about high-quality practices in virtual programs based on conducting observations of more than 200 hours of online academic and general enrichment programming. The focus is on tips for activity design, youth engagement, and technology. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Quality in Online Camp Programming

This blog highlights key elements of quality in camp experiences, whether virtual or in person, such as building strong relationships and creating safe spaces. It offers frameworks for designing strong programs and as it is a quick but thought-provoking read, it could be an effective tool for staff professional development. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

NCASE SEL Resources

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of resources focused on supporting school-age children’s social and emotional learning (SEL) in out-of-school time. This publication is part of a series compiling NCASE resources on a particular theme for the benefit of state, territory, and tribal Lead Agencies and their designated networks. The goal is to promote professional development and capacity building.  Resources include archived webinars, a practice brief, and a toolkit.

Best of the Best Resources from the NCASE Resource Library

This publication features some of the best resources, including webinars, briefs, and toolkits, available in the online NCASE Resource Library, developed for both practitioners and system builders. You can also browse the library for hundreds of other topical materials.

NCASE Resources on Summer

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of resources focused on promoting school-age children’s learning and development in the summer months. This publication, NCASE Summer Resources, is part of a series compiling NCASE resources on a particular theme for the benefit of state, territory, and tribal Lead Agencies and their designated networks. The goal is to promote professional development and capacity building.

Resources for COVID-19 Support

These selected resources, curated by NCASE, offer ideas and information for OST system leaders to support recovery from COVID-19. 

Guidance for Childcare Programs that Remain Open: Supplemental Guidance

This guidance from the CDC includes important information specifically for child care centers that are open during the pandemic. It includes information on social distancing strategies; cleaning and disinfecting; modifying drop-off and pick-up procedures to include screening; maintaining adequate ratios to ensure safety; use of personal protective equipment (PPE); hand washing; food preparation and meal service; and vulnerable/high-risk groups. It was updated on April 12, 2020 and is available in multiple languages. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.