Summer for All: Lessons from 10 Years of Boston Summer Learning

This brief presents one city’s efforts to engage huge numbers of children and youth in summer programming through the strategic use of extensive public-private partnerships. It offers to other cities a promising model for bringing together program leaders, schools and universities, city planners, philanthropists, businesses, and researchers to benefit children.

Thriving Children and Families: Prevention With Purpose--2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide

This comprehensive guide on preventing child abuse and neglect uses a strength-based framework and recognizes that there are actions we can take to address root causes and provide meaningful support.  The guide provides information on resources and partners, and how to build protective systems and policies using a public health approach,  acknowledging families' lived wisdom. It includes easy-to-use conversation guides presented in Spanish and English for working with families on building protective factors. This resource supports resilience.

Strategies for Expanding Access to Child Care Subsidy for Children Experiencing Homelessness

Based on research, a review of policies across states, and interviews with six states about the impacts of various policies, this report identifies common challenges and promising strategies for increasing access and supports to subsidized child care for families experiencing homelessness. Seven recommendations are promoted along with concrete examples of best practices from various states. 

Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Looking Inside and Across 33 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers; Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition (Preschool and Elementary Focus)​​​

This newly updated and expanded report provides a framework for understanding social and emotional learning (SEL). It can be used as a reference to compare the content and evidence of effectiveness of 33 SEL programs for elementary-age and preschool-age children. In addition to program profiles, it includes chapters on out-of-school time, achieving equitable SEL, and trauma-sensitive approaches to SEL. A companion guide offers tips on how to efficiently use the report. This resource supports resilience.  

Historic Crisis, Historic Opportunities: Using Evidence to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early Care and Education Programs

This report provides a synthesis of 76 high quality studies on the impact of COVID-19 on young children and early childhood education programs. The studies and accompanying evidence-based and equity-centered policy recommendations were created by 10 leading scholars and 10 leaders in policy and practice for early childhood. The strategies include ways to accelerate children’s learning, support the whole child, increase partnerships with families, increase supports for the workforce, and accelerate the creation of a coherent early childhood system.

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.