CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index

These tools offer individuals the ability to look at U.S. data in specific locales to identify particular communities that will need continued support in recovery. It looks at 15 social factors organized into four themes: (1) socio-economic status, (2) household composition, (3) race/ethnicity/language, and (4) housing/transportation. It includes a fact sheet, publications and materials, an FAQ, and an interactive map. This tool will be helpful for the out-of-school field in creating plans for federal stimulus funds.

State and Territory Child Care Stabilization Grant Applications

States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will award stabilization subgrants to eligible child care providers. This interactive map will lead to links for state and territory specific subgrant information and applications to help stabilize child care operations so that they may continue to provide care. This resource may help in planning for use of federal stimulus funds.

Supporting Productive Educator Practices for Out-of-School Time

Online learning environments, like physical learning environments, provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, and practice skills. In virtual learning spaces, educators must still plan program goals and a sequence of learning experiences, employ experiential education, build relationships, and promote positive youth development. This tip sheet offers best practices and examples of activities for teaching online during Out-of-School Time. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Out-of-School Time Programs This Summer: Paving the Way for Children to Find Passion, Purpose & Voice - Parent, Teacher & OST Provider Perceptions

This slide show provides a summary of what parents, teachers, and Out-of-School Time (OST) providers want in summer programs for 2021 based on a combination of focus groups, interviews, and 3,031 surveys. Results indicate that parents want summer programs to prioritize their children’s social and emotional health. The report presents insights and implications for communications, policy, and programs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Use the Out-of-School Time Cost Calculator

This classic online calculator lets you determine the costs of a variety of high quality afterschool programs and the summer portions of year-round programs. The cost estimates were updated in 2021 to reflect changes in general cost of living and the relative cost of living across cities.

The Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning (PSELI) Initiative Podcasts

These five podcasts feature promising practices from the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). The episodes focus on developing the capacity of adults to promote SEL, building effective partnerships, the role of coaches, and coordination between school and out-of-school programs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

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.