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Tool kit

Resource Guide: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources for Child Care Programs

This resource guide/tool kit provides extensive resources and links to help programs create an emergency preparedness plan. It is divided into four sections for before, during, and after a disaster, plus additional resources. The information is presented in a question and answer format with resources and links for each section. It is also available in Spanish. This resource supports resilience.

Standards for Child and Youth Development (CYD) Programs

These updated standards of best practice for afterschool/out-of-school (OST) time programs were developed by the Council on Accreditation in consultation with leading organizations in the field. They reflect the latest thinking in key practices that are critical for the healthy developmental growth of children and youth through participation in OST programs. They can be used as a tool for program continuous improvement or a step-by-step process for becoming accredited.

Background Checks: What You Need to Know

This tool provides consumer information for what families should know about criminal background checks, including who should have a background check and what is included in state and federal requirements.  It links to a state-by-state resource that provides information about licensing, about quality, and also the specifics on each state's criminal background check requirements. 

Helping Children Recover from Exposure to Trauma: Resources for Child Care Providers and Families

This document provides links to teaching resources, training models, publications, and other resources to assist child care providers and families as they help children recover from exposure to a natural disaster or other traumatic event. It includes links to relevant federal agencies, national organizations, and additional publications. 

School-Age Consumer Education Toolkit

The School-Age Consumer Education toolkit shares consumer education information, including state examples and resources, on the physical, social, and emotional health and development of school-age children and engagement efforts with their parents and families.  In addition, the Toolkit features a video that shows the importance of afterschool and summer care for families with data and details about the experiences of children served through federal subsidies.

Vermont Early Childhood Suspension-Expulsion Resources: An Annotated Collection of Free Materials

This list is an annotated collection of materials on suspension and expulsion. It includes a robust range of policy and research overviews, reports and articles, audiovisual sources, and online materials. While it is designed for early childhood through grade 3 in Vermont, most resources are relevant for older school-age and those beyond the state of Vermont.

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings

This toolkit is designed to support states and territories in designing a policy approach to promote social emotional development and reduce the likelihood of expulsion and suspension. It is suggested that stakeholder teams complete the rubric to create a plan that could include strategies on data collection, program practices, and workforce supports that could reduce expulsion and suspension.  This resource supports resilience.

Self-Assessment Tool for Early Childhood Programs Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness

This self-assessment tool is designed to help providers evaluate how to be more responsive in serving children and families experiencing homelessness. It includes indicators and related resources on how to identify and support families, removing barriers, responding to family needs, strategic collaboration, and collecting data.  This resource supports resilience.   

Above the Influence Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to raise awareness among 12-17 year olds of the serious consequences of misusing prescription drugs. The tool kit includes a facilitation guide and teen activities such as how to manage stress, avoid negative influences, and make healthier choices. This resource supports resilience.

Preventing or Reducing Opioid Abuse and Overdose: Selected Resources

This document contains a mix of tools developed by federal organizations and state prevention systems to support state-level planners in preventing and reducing opioid abuse. The resources include information about state use and response rating, a brief on heroin use, and strategies to stop the epidemic.  This resource supports resilience.   

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