Tool kit

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.

The National Immunization Awareness Month Communication Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help you communicate the importance of immunizations. It includes key messages, vaccine information, sample news releases, and sample messages for Facebook and Twitter. This links to the school-age section and it features information for other ages like teens and young adults. This toolkit could be implemented with other community partners such as schools, pediatricians, and public health agencies.

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.