Summer Learning and Enrichment: Tips for School-Age Care Providers

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) has created a tipsheet, Summer Learning and Learning Enrichment: Tips for School-Age Care Providers, to share ideas with child care providers of things to think about before, during, and at the end of summer.  Specific suggestions involve creating a plan for the summer months, building a relationship with families, engaging children in activities to help prevent the summer slide, and keeping children healthy and active during the summer

American Camp Association Database of State Laws and Regulations Applicable to Camps

This database provides information on state laws and regulations applicable to camps. It identifies the governing body, provides license information, notes if a license is required for both day and residential camps, states what type of background checks are needed (e.g., criminal record and sex offender records), and describes requirements about minimum wage and overtime pay. The American Camp Association regularly updates the information. 

America's Children In Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2018

This series of reports provides a compilation of 41 key indicators for children ages 0-17. The statistics include measures on issues like poverty, homelessness, opioid use, and violence.

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

This interactive learning series is intended for professionals in Head Start and child care, including school-age programs. There are 8 modules with background information, resources, and scenarios with suggested responses. The modules include an overview of homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, how to identify and reach out to homeless families, and how to connect with families and community resources. This resource supports resilience.

Code of Ethics for Afterschool Professionals

This resource defines the principles and practices that guide ethical decision-making strategies to ensure safe, nurturing environments and positive relationships in afterschool programs. Ethical responsibilities are organized into four sections: (1) children and youth, (2) families, (3) colleagues, and (4) community and society. It also includes an overview about ethical decision making, definitions, and a bibliography.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Policy Statement on Early Childhood Career Pathways

This policy statement provides recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for developing and implementing career pathways to support the professional learning, practice, and compensation of early childhood educators and program directors. From the webpage, click on "read the guidance document" to access the policy statement and review state examples about pathways, portable credentials, compensation, and shared terminology.

State School-Age Data Profiles Database

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program is the largest federal funding source for child care, with an investment of $8.1 billion in fiscal year 2019.

Overview: State Child Care Licensing Regulations for Summer Programs and Camps

This document provides an overview of some general characteristics of state child care licensing regulations for summer programs and day camps. The information is based on a scan of regulations in 17 states (Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin), selected because of their geographic diversity. The data was drawn from the National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations.

The Future of Children: Social and Emotional Learning

Amid increasing interest in the topic of social and emotional learning (SEL), this special issue of the journal "The Future of Children" explores SEL in schools and after-school settings. There are nine articles that can be read separately. Overall, they conclude that SEL skills are essential to healthy development and that adults need more training on how to guide children's SEL learning effectively.  This resource supports resilience.   

Understanding the Laws Supporting Inclusion

This booklet provides an overview of laws that support inclusion and how the laws apply to out-of-school-time programs serving youth with disabilities. It helps programs understand how to make accommodations in policies, procedures, and practices to comply with requirements in Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).