Supply Building Strategies to Meet the Needs of Family Child Care

This Powerpoint was presented at the September 2016 State and Territory CCDF Administrators Meeting (STAM). It identifies strategies, challenges and opportunities for building family child care (FCC) systems. Strategies for strengthening FCC systems include technical assistance, grants and contracts, appropriate payment rates, FCC networks, and shared services to strengthen business practices and educational leadership. Oregon and Pennsylvania FCC system building strategies are highlighted as examples.

Better Kid Care Online Training Modules

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization of 2016 includes requirements for health and safety training. This resource provides information on health and safety professional training for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers, as required by state, plus access to research-based online training modules. Trainings are free; $5 for professional development certification of completion. Site offers modules on other topics too, such as positive guidance and preparing to teach STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

High Quality Child Care Promotes Healthy Development, School Readiness, and School Success

Decades of research has documented what is referred to as the “summer slide" – the impact of summer vacation’s learning loss on the educational achievement of children, particularly low-income children. The achievement gap is not really a result of “summer slide” alone but the cumulative effect that begins with school readiness. View this fact sheet for research and statistics on the importance of high-quality care and summer learning.

National Afterschool Association (NAA) Core Knowledge and Competencies

The national Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKC) establish agreement across programs and funding streams about what professionals need to know and be able to do in a quality program. The CKCs were developed through a crosswalk of existing CKCs from states or independent organizations and then piloted. There are ten core knowledge areas, which each have a rationale, supporting evidence and indicators for five levels of proficiency.

Management Matters: Working as a Team for Better Fiscal and Program Outcomes

This online module is designed to train program and fiscal leaders to work together. It comes with printable resources like a budget form and a game to encourage teamwork.

Management Matters: What is Leadership?

This resource includes a powerpoint, video and handouts that define leadership. It provides a foundational exploration of difference between leadership and management. It can be useful for emerging leaders and training and TA professionals for school-age.

Strengthening the Business Practices of Child Care Centers and Homes

This PowerPoint presentation explores key principles for effective business management. It describes the concept of shared services. Some slides demonstrate the extensive resources of the ECE Shared Resources tool used by more than 20 states. It provides examples of strengthening business practices in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

State and Territory Licensing Agencies and Regulations

This is a table that provides web links to all 50 states, D.C. and 4 territories on child care licensing agencies and program regulations. There are links to state regulations that are specific for school-age, as well as links to states that have included school-age embedded in their early childhood regulations.

National Afterschool Association HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) Standards 2.0

These evidence-based standards foster nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending out-of-school time programs. Originally developed in 2011 and then adopted and disseminated by the National Afterschool Association, the standards were refreshed in 2018.

Selecting a High Quality School-Age Program for Your Child

This brochure provides information for families on how to select a school-age program for their children. It includes a description of what a high-quality program looks like, a list of resources for how to find high-quality programs, and a guide for visiting a program. There is a list of what questions to ask and what to look for during a site visit.