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Tool kit

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.

SEL 3 Signature Practices Playbook: A Tool That Supports Systemic SEL

This updated toolkit provides hands-on activities that can be used with youth or adults to build social and emotional skills, including self and social awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, and relationship skills.

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.

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.