Summer Learning From Screen to Screen: Lessons Learned From After School Matters Summer 2020 Programs

For this report, the Chicago teen program, After School Matters, partnered with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct surveys to understand three key topics as they relate to the unique circumstances of summer 2020: (1) teen experiences, (2) instructor experiences, and (3) program quality. The report compares summer 2020 with previous years and looks ahead to inform future practices.

Using Contracts to Support the Child Care Workforce: Thinking Outside the Box

This report provides an overview of different ways states can design contracts; it is based on a literature review and convening of 26 state administrators, researchers, and advocates. Contracts can bring stability that the field needs and provide more equitable supports around access, salaries, benefits, and professional development.

America After 3 PM Special Report: Time for a Game-Changing Summer With Opportunities and Growth for All of America’s Youth

The 2020 edition of America After 3PM is designed to build a better understanding of how young people are spending their summers and to dig deeper into the types of summer experiences children across America have. The data were collected about Summer 2019 from a survey of nearly 30,000 households and 200 phone interviews.

Promising Practices in Policy for Home-Based Child Care: A National Policy Scan

This report provides an overview of policies for Home-Based Child Care (HBCC). Child Trends scanned all 50 states and D.C. to explore HBCC policies on licensing, subsidy, QRIS, and funding. The goal of the report is to highlight states that might be good case studies for supportive policies for HBCC.  

Stability and Change in Afterschool Systems 2013-2020: A Follow-Up Study of Afterschool Coordination in Large Cities

This report describes the state of afterschool coordination in a set of 75 large U.S. cities seven years after they were first surveyed in 2013. It focuses on three components: a designated coordinating entity, a common data system, and a framework or set of standards for program quality. The report found that most cities sustained their systems, and that the proportion of cities that had adopted all three system components increased from 29% in 2013 to 40% in 2020. 

Landscape of Quality Survey Results: 50 State Afterschool Network

The American Institutes for Research updated their landscape scan of state afterschool networks to find out which states have developed various quality supports. The summary shows which states have or are in process with their quality standards, quality assessment tools, core knowledge and competencies, aligned professional development, credential systems, QRIS, and skill-building initiatives. The resource also includes a summary table.

Supporting the Child Care and Early Education Workforce: A Menu of Policy Options for the COVID-19 Pandemic and Recovery

Based on interviews with 20 experts about strategies to support the child care workforce, this report presents a set of 19 diverse state and local policies strategies to build a stronger and more equitable workforce. It includes strategies in response to the pandemic crisis and ways to maximize impact through contracts, expanding family child care (FCC) networks, and shared services. It also identifies ways to drive equity-based systems change by reviewing licensing and QRIS, and through more diverse leadership.

This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

This report provides a seven-step equity and inclusion framework for understanding different dimensions of racism. It addresses how to identify and analyze the root causes of racial inequities and how to establish shared values and a common understanding to advance and embed race equity and inclusion in an organization.  

Ten Lessons for Taking Leadership on Racial Equity

The Aspen Institute's Roundtable on Community Change summarizes what the participants of the Racial Equity Leadership Development Program learned about how to navigate the terrain and take leadership around race. The strategies are especially for those who want to play more of a role in promoting racial equity but aren't sure where or how to begin.

Building Impact: A Closer Look at Local Cross-Sector Collaborations for Education

This report explores early lessons learned from a three-pronged study of cross-sector collaborations for education: historical development of cross-sector collaborations, samples of collaborations, and this summary of comparative case studies. It describes issues of governance, leadership, funding, data use, and outcomes with an in-depth look at collaborations in Buffalo, Milwaukee, and Portland/Multnomah County and five additional locations. Collaborations are showing some early success and will require more time to expand goals and go to scale on successful strategies.