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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.

Guidance for Childcare Programs that Remain Open: Supplemental Guidance

This updated guidance from the CDC includes important information on layered prevention strategies for 2021-2022 while younger children are still not able to be vaccinated. There is information on strategies such as promoting vaccination, mask use, ventilation, social distancing. There are links to state and local information about community spread and vaccination rates. This resources supports the COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 and Child and Youth Homelessness: Checklist for Local Education Agencies and Early Childhood Providers

This checklist for Local Education Agencies and early childhood providers highlights ways to help homeless families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It illuminates ways to identify and communicate with homeless families, ensure health, safety, and basic needs, and provide access to learning. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Covid-19 Resources: Online Learning Supports

The Afterschool Alliance has collected a number of resources for online learning activities that can be helpful to families or those providing essential services. This webpage includes links to sites such as National Geographic, Scholastic Learn at Home, and Khan Academy. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Office of Child Care COVID-19 Resources

This site links to critical information and supports, including HHS-ACF resources such as guidance for preparing workplaces and helping communities know mitigation strategies. It includes information about stimulus funding through CARES, CRRSA, and ARPA. It also includes a memorandum on Flexibility in Spending CCDF Funds and the archive of the Office of Child Care COVID-19 CCDF Administrators National Webinar. It was published on March 13, 2020 and updated on August 19, 2021. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

CCDF Frequently Asked Questions in Response to COVID-19

The Office of Child Care provides this FAQ so providers answers to a number of questions that stakeholders may have in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. The topics include payment to providers, regulatory oversight, hazard pay, and eligibility for CCDF subsidy. This resource was updated June 2021 This resource supports the COVID-19 response.