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NCASE ACEs Resources

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of resources sharing strategies for addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in out-of-school time (OST). 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.

Child Care Aware of America's 2019 State Fact Sheets

These State Fact Sheets provide a state-by-state overview of child and family demographics, child care availability, and participation rates in QRIS. School-age state system planners can find information on the number of children and families, available school-age slots, affordability, and number of programs participating in QRIS and at what level.  

Quality Rating and Improvement Fact Sheets

This series of 18 fact sheets summarizes data about state QRIS systems and includes state examples that can be helpful for state system planners building QRIS systems. Some of the fact sheets might be particularly relevant for school-age system planners, including Continuous Quality Improvement in QRIS; Family and Stakeholder Engagement; Funding and Financial Incentives; Program Participation in QRIS; Staff Qualifications, Professional Development, and Supports; and Technical Assistance. Just click on the titles/hyperlinks of interest to you.

Transition to Kindergarten and OST Programs

The transition to kindergarten is a bit event in the life of a child - and for the child's parents and caregivers as well.  The tipsheet from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) is designed to support parents an caregivers in thinking ahead about transition planning for their soon-to-be kindergartner.  A range of tips on what to consider before, during, and beyond kindergarten can guide families with children who will need before and/or afterschool care.  Finding a program that parents/caregivers and their children

NCASE Funding Resources

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has developed a number of publications, webinars, and other resources on strategies for finding support for school-age child care after school and in the summer.  This publication is part of a series compiling NCASE resources on a particular topic for the benefit of state, territory, and tribal Lead Agencies and their designated networks.  The goal is to support professional development and capacity building by prompting organizations

Addressing ACEs in Out-of-School Environments

This newly launched professional development module covers the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the utility of trauma-informed and healing-centered engagement as strategies to positively impact the development of school-age children in Out-of-School Time environments.

School-Age Child Care Program Checklist

Child Care Aware created this web-based school-age program checklist to help families select a high quality school-age program. It has questions on topics like health and safety, indoor and outdoor environment, caregiver-child interactions, staff qualifications, and parent partnerships. There is a link to print out the five-page checklist. 

Afterschool and ACEs: How Alaska Promotes a Trauma-Engaged Response

This blog is the second part in a series on prevention and responding to substance use and trauma in Alaska. It describes a collaborative effort and training on trauma-engaged response. It includes a link to Transforming Schools: A Framework for Trauma-Engaged Practice in Alaska that has material relevant for afterschool programs and system planners on relationship building, professional learning, policies, self-care, and responding to historical trauma for indigenous people.

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Fourth Edition

Caring for Our Children is a continually updated set of standards based on the best evidence, expertise, and experiences about quality health and safety practices and policies. This is the fourth edition and it includes a list of changes made since the third edition was published in 2011. It is organized into ten chapters, including topics like staffing; program activities for healthy development; nutrition and food service; facilities; playground and play areas; infectious diseases; special needs; and administration.

Summer Learning Fun: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

This concise, user-friendly tipsheet includes specific ideas for parents around promoting reading and math learning, creating opportunities for learning and staying active, and talking with their child, their child's teacher, and their summertime child care provider to set up for success. Summertime child care providers can share this tipsheet with families to further support summer learning and enrichment experiences for the children they serve.