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Tool kit

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.

Implementation Manual for Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies

This implementation manual lays out nine overarching guidelines for disability inclusion, then devotes a chapter to each guideline to explore why it is important, how to accomplish it, examples from the field, and related resources. It offers a useful framework that can be adapted for use by planners of Out-of-School Time (OST) program initiatives and policies in the areas of physical activity, health, and nutrition.

Lessons From the Field: Serving All Students, Including Students With Disabilities--Guide for 21st CCLC State Coordinators

This collection of resources focuses on helping state administrators and program practitioners design and implement high-quality Out-of-School (OST) programs that support all students, including those with disabilities and special needs. Products include an implementation guide for state coordinators, 10 topic-focused guides for directors and site coordinators, plus 6 companion webinars designed to help programs build capacity for being truly inclusive. While geared to a 21st CCLC audience, the suggestions are relevant for most OST programs.

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.

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