Tool kit

Summer Learning Toolkit: Evidence-based Tools and Guidance for Delivering Effective Programs

This toolkit features more than 50 adaptable tools, sample documents, tip sheets, and guidance on how to use them drawn from five urban districts and their partners, who formed the National Summer Learning Project. It is organized into five planning areas:  (1) staffing, (2) site climate, (3) student recruitment, (4) planning, and (5) academics and enrichment.

Maryland Families Engage

This website was designed by Maryland State Department of Education to support early childhood providers in promoting family engagement. It includes resources, news, events, an early childhood engagement theoretical framework, and a 96-page toolkit (link to: https://marylandfamiliesengage.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/maryland-family-engagement-framework-toolkit.pdf) that provides concrete strategies for putting the theory into practice.

Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: A Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources (2nd edition)

This toolkit was developed as a companion to a three-hour training building social-emotional learning. It is intended to be used primarily with youth in middle school, though it can be adapted for other ages. It has a user-friendly design that includes activities, templates and tools for four purposes: (1) equipping staff; (2) creating the learning environment; (3) designing impactful learning experiences; and (4) using data for improvement. 

CASEL 2018 State Scorecard Scan: More States Are Supporting Social and Emotional Learning

This scorecard identifies state policies and guidance to support students social and emotional development (SEL). It provides links to the research and to state-by-state SEL competencies, websites, and resources. 

Afterschool Tech Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to support professionals at all levels to integrate digital learning into afterschool and summer programs. It includes 9 interactive or text-based modules that explain the importance of digital learning in OST as an issue of equity and access, plus a 16-page brief. Modules contain videos, templates, and program profiles on topics such as How to Address Equity Through Digital Learning, How to Embed Technology into Your Activities, and How to Foster Sensible Use of Technology. 

Opioid and Substance Use Prevention: A Resource Guide and Action Plan for Boys and Girls Clubs

This toolkit offers an overview of the opioid problem and how OST programs and communities can respond. Part I includes an introduction to the opioid crisis, along with assessment and planning tools for designing a prevention initiative based on local needs. Part II provides a menu of prevention strategies–for staff, youth, families, and school and community partners–that could be included in a plan, and resources to help with implementation.

3 Signature SEL Practices Playbook

This toolkit provides hands-on activities that can be used with youth or adults to build self and social awareness, self-management, focus, and perseverance skills. It includes three types of activities welcoming rituals and inclusion activities, engaging practices, and optimistic closing activities. The appendix also includes pre-K through adult social-emotional learning standards. This resource supports resiliency.

State Median Income and Federal Poverty Level Calculation Tool

This tool is designed to assist states and territories with calculating the annual and monthly State Median Income (SMI) and Federal Poverty Level (FPL) used to determine income eligibility and family copayments for child care subsidy programs. The tool connects to excel spreadsheets to calculate the SMI that is available by emailing NCSIA@ECETTA.info

Creating Local Dedicated Funding Streams for Kids: A Guide to Planning a Local Initiative to Fund Services for Children, Youth and their Families

This step-by-step guide offers practical instructions on how to develop a local campaign to create a ballot initiative focused on providing a dedicated, sustainable stream of funding for early childhood, out-of-school time, violence prevention, and mental health programs. Steps include making the case, creating an agenda, drafting the measure, building power and momentum, and launching the campaign and getting on the ballot. The guide recognizes that each community is unique and will need to adapt the process to meet its own circumstances.

Social and Emotional Learning Practices: A Self-Reflection Tool for Afterschool Staff

This self-assessment tool is designed to help afterschool program staff reflect upon their own social and emotional competencies and how their teaching practices promote the development of social and emotional competencies among youth. It includes a section on action planning for personal and professional improvement.