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Tool kit

Get Geared Up: Financial Planning Resources from the Wallace Foundation

The National Afterschool Association has collected a range of financial planning resources created by the Wallace Foundation that can be helpful for a broad range of nonprofit organizations and also for fiscal management training and college courses.

Active Implementation Early Childhood Specialist Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help early childhood specialists use implementation science approaches in process consultation. The toolkit includes an assessment and implementation drivers' checklist that includes strengths-based questions that a school-age TA professional can use to help create a quality improvement plan for a program. It also includes the Hexagon Tool which can be used to select which program assessment tool or social-emotional framework may best fit with and support school-age program practices. 

Youth Development Guide 2.0: Engaging Young People in After-school Programming

This updated guide offers an introduction to youth development principles and practices to ensure that youth get the most of their Out-of-School Time (OST) experiences. It promotes five key practices to foster healthy youth development: (1) physical and emotional safety, (2) relationship building, (3) meaningful youth participation, (4) community involvement, and (5) challenging and engaging learning experiences.

Engaging Families in Out-of-School Time Programs Toolkit

This toolkit summarizes best practice tools and strategies for fostering family engagement in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. Developed by BOSTnet years ago based on a four-year initiative aimed at improving youth outcomes through family involvement, this classic tool is still relevant today. It offers a way to self-assess program level of family engagement, as well as strategies and tips for developing and implementing an action plan.

Pyramid Model Equity Coaching Guide

This guide provides coaches with a reflective tool to examine program practices through a lens of culturally responsive practice and to identify implicit bias. It includes coach reflection questions, a way to identify issues and provide feedback, resources, and tips on working through resistance. While this tool is designed for Pyramid Model coaches and for early childhood, the reflection questions can be helpful both for afterschool staff and for coaches to strengthen culturally responsive practice. 

OST Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Toolkit

Federal, state, and local agencies are increasing investments and building capacity in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergencies of all types can occur abruptly and cause devastation to programs, families, communities, and entire towns or cities. Emergencies come in various forms, ranging from an active shooter event to a weather-related disaster to the onset of food poisoning affecting multiple people at the same time.

Making Friends With and Without Disabilities in School: A Toolkit for Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Parents

This toolkit offers age-appropriate strategies for maximizing opportunities for promoting friendships between youth with and without disabilities. Although not specifically geared to Out-of-School Time (OST), the strategies are applicable. Further, the toolkit could be a helpful professional development resource. 

CASEL's District Resource Center

CASEL's District Resource Center is developed in partnership with school districts that are part of the Collaborating Districts Initiative, which has recently been enhanced. This tool kit is also intended to provide resources to out-of-school programs. It is organized into four focus areas: (1) Build Foundational Support and Plan; (2) Strengthen Adult Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies and Capacity; (3) Promote SEL for Students; and (4) Practice Continuous Improvement.

Transition to Kindergarten

This toolkit is designed to help state system planners from early childhood, Head Start, and schools create plans for a successful transition to kindergarten. It includes materials like a transition and alignment summit guide, a questionnaire on transition practices, and research and resources on why transition matters and how to engage families. This information could be helpful for out-of-school time system planners, who could be important partners in transition planning.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

This website offers a variety of technical assistance activities and supports to build system capacity to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. The Practices Section may be especially helpful to state administrators as it offers: (1) a guide to the process of implementing evidence-based practices statewide, based on work done implementing the Pyramid Model in 25 states; plus (2) tools such as checklists and practice guides to help practitioners and families improve their skills, plan interventions, and self-evaluate their use of recommended practices.