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.

Quality-Outcomes Study for Seattle Public Schools Summer Programs, 2016 Program Cycle

This quality outcomes study of a summer program in Seattle Public Schools provides evaluative evidence for an instructional model that showed positive change in academic performance and high quality instructional practices.

The Intersection of Afterschool and Competency­-Based Learning: Emerging Trends, Policy, Considerations, and Questions for the Future

This white paper explores three trends for implementing competency-based learning in afterschool programs as a strategy for helping students become college and career ready. It highlights six programs in different states that are working to define competencies, and offer badges and course credit as a means of translating and validating those key skills for college and future employers.

The Value of Out-of-School Time Programs

This report reviews rigorous large-scale evaluations and meta-analyses to understand the value and effectiveness of out-of-school programs through lenses of content, dosage, and outcomes. It includes recommendations for policy, practice, and funding based on the findings. It also has a separate appendix that summarizes results of primary and secondary outcomes from research.

Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families, A BUILD E-Book. Chapter 8: Impact of the Early Learning Challenge on State Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)

This chapter summarizes the trends in QRIS re-visioning among the 20 states that received Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (ELC) grants. The trends include a move toward promoting school readiness, continuous quality improvement, family engagement, and a focus on teaching and learning. 

Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings: Impact Findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention Study

This executive summary reports on a three-year study of Youth Program Quality Improvement in 87 sites in four states that included quality assessment, improvement plans, coaching by managers, and staff training. The approach led to higher quality instructions across programs even where there was manager turnover, low staff education, and varying adult-youth ratios.  

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America. National Estimates

This study is focused on older youth aged 13-18; it shows that 1 in 10 young adults aged 18-25, and 1 in 30 youth aged 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or a guardian. At higher risk of homelessness are youth with mental health and substance use issues, as well as youth of color and LGBTQ youth. The report includes recommendations for prevention. The effects of homelessness include missed opportunities for healthy development and transition to productive adulthood.  

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2017

This large report offers lots of statistics about the health status of children in the United States. The reader can download individual sections on topics like demographics, family and social environments, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, health, and peer victimization. There are some significant statistics relevant to the school-age population, so the website and corresponding report can serve as a useful reference/resource for many purposes.

Exploring the Promise of a Continuum Approach to Career Development Systems: Aligning Efforts across Early Childhood and Afterschool and Youth Development

This report offers important insights into how collaboration across sectors can help state and city systems build a more skilled, sustainable workforce that better supports children and youth. It: (1) describes the benefits of a continuum approach--that is, a collaborative approach inclusive of birth to young adult--to career development system building; (2) defines the six components of a career development system; and (3) provides examples of how states are addressing each component using a continuum approach.

Closing the Leadership Gap: 2017 Status Report on Early Childhood Program Leadership in the United States

This resource is a clearinghouse of data on supports for early childhood program leaders in state-by-state profiles, with a national overview. School-age leaders can learn what their state mandates for leadership qualifications as required by licensing and QRIS. They can also learn about higher education opportunities, salaries, and other key supports. Each state receives a score based on policies the state has to support leaders, including early childhood and family child care leaders.