State Priorities for Child Care and Development Block Grant Funding Increase: 2019 National Overview

This report summarizes findings of a Child Trends survey to learn how states are using the additional federal funds to expand services for eligible children and implement CCDBG Reauthorization requirements. The report includes state by state survey responses as well as maps that indicate how many states are using the funds to increase provider payment rates, meet reauthorization requirements, increase number of children served, or increase income eligibility. There is also information on how states plan to use increased quality set-aside funds.

Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child

This report aims to challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children from one that overemphasizes limitations and deficits to one that draws upon strengths, assets, and resilience. It weaves together: (1) essays by experts; (2) examples of places where Black children are succeeding; and (3) data on how Black children and families are doing to determine how best to support Black children. Individual state reports are available for Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

From a Nation At Risk To a Nation At Hope: Recommendations from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Executive Summary

This important report from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development explores how the development of social emotional skills and competencies are essential for children and youth to thrive in school, career, and life. The report provides research and strategies on six key recommendations in areas such as creating safe and supportive learning settings, building adult expertise in child development, and aligning resources and leveraging partners to address the whole child.

Using Policy to Create Healthy Schools: Resources to Support Policymakers and Advocates

This issue brief analyzes the alignment of state statutes and regulations with the Whole School, Whole Community, and Whole Child (WSCC) model that is developed by Centers for Disease Control and ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). It includes a national overview as well as state-by-state profiles of how policy reflects the ten domains of social-emotional-physical health of children, including recent issues of concern like childhood obesity and bullying.

From Soft Skills to Hard Data: Measuring Youth Program Outcomes

This resource provides a review of tools that programs can use to measure youth outcomes. The outcomes selected include communication, relationships and collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making, initiative, and self-direction. The review includes cost and evidence of reliability and validity.

The Cost of Quality Out-of-School Time Programs

This classic report clarifies the cost of quality out-of-school time programs, based on data from 111 quality programs in six cities. It provides the mean and range for hourly and daily cost per slot, with an analysis of factors that bring differences to cost. The full report can be found at: https://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/pages/the-cost-of-quality-of-out-of-school-time-programs.aspx.

A National Portrait of the Health and Education of Hispanic Boys and Young Men

This report provides a national portrait on the well-being of Latino boys and young men compared to their White and Black peers from early childhood through young adulthood on two dimensions: health and education. Data explores strengths as well as disparities on issues like obesity, physical activity, smoking and drinking, proficiency in reading, math, and science, and adult rates of employment. These data can guide afterschool programs in understanding which developmental tasks might be important to focus on. 

Relationships First: Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive

This report highlights the importance of healthy, supportive relationships to positive youth outcomes. It articulates the Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework and includes sections on why developmental relationships matter; how developmental relationships grow; activating relationships in organizations; 55 ideas for deepening one-on-one relationships (for parents, teachers, and youth workers); and imagining strong and flexible webs of relationships. This resource supports resilience.

Access to Early Care and Education for Disadvantaged Families: Do Levels of Access Reflect State's Child Care Subsidy Policies?

This national study explores how low-income children's access to early childhood education might differ from their higher-income peers and how child care subsidy policies can close the gap. The study assigned states to one of five profiles based on a package of subsidy policies to produce findings about which packages provide equity in access to high quality programs. 

Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education

This report is the result of the work of a committee of experts who outlined a framework for a financing strategy for reliable, accessible, high quality early care and education, including supports for a qualified and well-compensated workforce. This free version is the pre-publication copy; it looks at the landscape and current financing structure at the state and national level and creates recommendations for a four-phase implementation plan for transforming financing.