Tool kit

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.

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.

FY21 School Year Planning Toolkit

This toolkit includes issue briefs created by the Utah Afterschool on topics such as how to run a safe program, how to find a new location, and how to recruit and retain staff. It also includes links to related resources and a spreadsheet with fall reopening plans for each school district. A related tool is the Align for Success Toolkit about afterschool-school partnerships. It includes sections on relationships, program and school team policy, shared resources, student needs, and academics. Includes an excellent self-assessment rubric.

Reunite, Renew and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Reopening School

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) collaborated with more than 40 partners to develop this SEL Roadmap designed to support teams in planning for the transition back to schools. Collaborating partners shared resources and tools on relationships, adults healing and building capacity to support students, supportive and equitable learning environments, and using data to support students.

Summer Activity Guide

This guide provides engaging activities and challenges to be used for youth-serving summer programs, whether running virtually or in-person, or to send digitally to families. It is organized to support four different age groups (5-9), (10-12), (13-15), (16-18). The first unit was released May 27, 2020 and subsequent units will be released in two-week increments.

CASEL CARES: SEL Resources During COVID-19

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has created CASEL CARES to collect resources that support families, schools, and communities during COVID-19. This resource kit includes resources that will be helpful to out-of-school time programs on distance learning, SEL at home, self-care strategies, supporting staff and virtual teams, actions for equity, and talking to children about COVID-19. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.