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Tool kit

Understanding and Confronting Racial Injustice: A Practical Guide for Youth Work

This tool kit provides ideas and resources to support youth workers in their efforts to support anti-racist practice. There are three sections: (1) Start with ourselves which provides resources related to how our own identities, biases and behaviors affect the way we interact with others; (2) Engage with others which offers resources, books, and videos to engage young people in conversations about race and racism; and (3) Address systemic change which encourages action to address institutional practices and policies that promote White supremacy culture.

Community Learning Hubs: Meeting the Needs of Students

During the pandemic, local community providers pioneered Community Learning Hubs to open their doors to support students that are in hybrid or all virtual schooling. The Afterschool Alliance has created this tool kit based on interviews with 32 programs, intermediaries and schools. The toolkit includes tabs such as partnerships, tech access, learning, enrichment, safety, funding, SEL, and resources. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

A Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration

This toolkit seeks to encourage shifts of awareness and practice by centering racial equity and community voice in data integration and use. It explores how to build equity into the six stages of the data life cycle, what to consider when assessing race equity in research tools, and how to involve stakeholders in research. The toolkit is designed for researchers, government analysts, foundation staff, and community leaders.  

Social-Emotional Check-ins for Distance Learning

These social-emotional check-in activities are designed for K-12 students and can be especially helpful in keeping the focus on relationships and social-emotional learning in times of distance learning. There are activities to energize, center, connect, reflect, or advocate which can be used as check-ins at the beginning or end of the program, as a transition activity, or as a stand-alone activity for all genders. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.  

Creating Your Sustainability Plan

This tool provides a four-step process to create a program sustainability plan. It suggests that the program create a team that will: (1) identify sustainability goals, (2) build a financial plan, (3) build capacity to leverage resources and partnerships, and (4) create a long-range strategic plan. It provides guiding questions for each step of the planning process and an action plan. While this process is designed for 21st CCLC programs, it can work for programs with all types of funding sources. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.  

Building Child Care Supply: A Toolkit for Community Success

This toolkit includes resources that will help build child care supply. It includes six steps: (1) assess and plan; (2) identify resources; (3) generate awareness; (4) develop strategies; (5) implement your plan; and (6) evaluate and implement. The concepts build on recognized strategic planning principles and include stories of success. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

In-Home Child Care for School-Age Children During Distance Learning

With many school districts providing partial or full online learning, there is increased need for child care for working parents. This collection of online resources includes videos of providers, and identifies recommendations for new supports on funding, shared planning and decision-making, and technical supports. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.  

Guidance for Out-of-School Time Learning at a Distance (GOLD): Standards and Self-Assessment Manual

These program standards, self-assessment rubric, and resources are designed to help afterschool programs evaluate and improve the support they are providing for youth who are engaged in distance learning. The standards are organized into four categories: (1) Family-and-Caregiver-Centered Engagement; (2) Individual Learning Environment; (3) Distance Programming; and (4) Planning with Children, Families, Caregivers, and Schools. This toolkit includes a database of resources that will continue to be added to in order to offer insight and best practices for each standard.

Summer Learning--A Bridge to Student Success and America's Recovery: A COVID-19 Playbook

The purpose of this playbook is to provide a long-term and sustainable framework for planning and executing evidence-based practices and partnerships for high-quality summer programs. It has a user-friendly design and includes sections on quality, safety, policies and funding, planning, and partnerships. It also has an extensive resources section and links to related reports such as The Wallace Foundation's Summer Learning Toolkit, America's Promise Youth Engagement Guide, and Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

School-Community Partnerships for Students During COVID-19

This resource was compiled by School’s Out Washington along with dozens of youth development organizations to advance school-community partnerships as school year begins. It is designed to provide supports on academic and social-emotional learning for all students through collaboration between schools and school districts and community partners, while ensuring that students have child care if needed. It includes ideas about ways to partner, links to resources, contacts, and partnership examples. It could be a helpful model for other state and state afterschool networks toolkits.