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Tool kit

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.

Self-Assessment Tool for Early Childhood Programs Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness

This self-assessment tool is designed to help providers evaluate how to be more responsive in serving children and families experiencing homelessness. It includes indicators and related resources on how to identify and support families, removing barriers, responding to family needs, strategic collaboration, and collecting data.  This resource supports resilience.   

Above the Influence Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to raise awareness among 12-17 year olds of the serious consequences of misusing prescription drugs. The tool kit includes a facilitation guide and teen activities such as how to manage stress, avoid negative influences, and make healthier choices. This resource supports resilience.

Inclusion Checklist for Programs

This checklist offers a way for programs to assess how well they are doing at creating and maintaining a fully inclusive program. It examines a wide range of arenas including: written materials, staff training and support, confidentiality, relationships, schedules, activities, transitions, visual environments, physical access, designated space, sensory input, communication support, expectations, support with coping skills, and accommodations for specific disabilities.

Resources to Support the Full Participation of Young Children Who Are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and their Families

This toolkit is a compilation of resources focused on fostering the development of young Dual Language Learners (DLLs). The research, audiovisual resources, and online resources listed encourage practices, tools, and strategies that are inclusive, responsive, and culturally appropriate for young DLLs and their families. Most listed resources are free; some are available in Spanish.

A Tool to Assess the Alignment of State/Territory PDS and QRIS

Professional development systems (PDS) and quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are two important subsystems of the comprehensive early childhood and school-age system. State and Territory leaders can use this self-assessment tool to guide alignment across similar system functions. Leaders can use the tool to develop a common understanding of the mission and goals, identify gaps, and strengthen the design, implementation, and sustainability of both subsystems.

Emergency Preparedness

This tool kit provides extensive resources and links to help programs create an emergency preparedness plan.  It is divided into 4 sections for before, during and after a disaster, plus additional resources.  The information is presented in a question and answer format with additional resources and links for each section.  This resource supports resilience.  

Making It Work: Implementing Cultural Learning Experiences in American Indian and Alaska Native Early Learning Settings

This toolkit benefits American Indian and Alaska Native programs in supporting self and cultural identity, connection to the past, present and future and empowerment. However, it provides many useful tips for making any curriculum more culturally responsive. While it is designed for Head Start programs, linking curriculum to standards, there are helpful tips and program examples that can be adapted for K-3 Out-of-School Time (OST) programs.