NCASE Supporting Out-of-School Time through the American Rescue Plan Act

On September 15, 2021, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted “Supporting Out-of-School Time Through the American Rescue Plan Act” webinar.

Supporting and Promoting Mental Health in Out-of-School Time Webinar

On June 30, 2021 the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) facilitated the webinar, Supporting and Promoting Mental Health in Out-of-School Time.  During the webinar, NCASE introduced a new Voices from the Field brief which shares research and information on the current mental health needs of school-age children, their families, and the Out-of-School Time (OST) workforce.  Participants also learned about state and local initiative

Help Is On the Way

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, partnering with First Children's Finance, provided this webinar to prepare Training and Technical Assistance providers to support providers to apply for American Rescue Plan stabilization funds. The webinar includes a detailed explanation of who is eligible to apply and allowable uses, with reminders that each state will implement the dissemination of these funds differently.

$122 Billion for Education in American Rescue Plan: What It Means for OST Programs

This webinar provided an overview of federal stimulus funding, specifically, the American Rescue Plan and the funding available to state and local education agencies, as well as $1.22 billion specified for summer as well as for afterschool. It also included speakers about the USDA meal program, Community Schools, and the American Camp Association on summer. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Help Kids Recover: Maximize Student Recovery

The Help Kids Recover website offers important information about federal stimulus funding available through the American Rescue Plan including the funding apportionment per state, examples of how states are using recovery funding, examples of partnerships in action at different levels (e.g., state, school district, school), contacts for afterschool state networks, and evidence-based strategies.

American Rescue Plan: How to Access Funds for Afterschool and Summer

This webinar provides an overview of opportunities provided by the federal education funding from the American Rescue Plan, to help children re-engage, re-connect, and recover. The overview describes how much funding is available, how much has been distributed to state departments of education, and what evidence-based interventions are allowed. This resource may help in planning for use of federal stimulus funds.  

Building Literacy Skills in 21st CCLC OST Programs

This webinar provides an overview of literacy development and instructional practices for literacy and writing. It showcases 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs in CO, MO, and TN that focus on literacy. The National Writing Project shares their strategies and resources for successfully fostering children's literacy development. Although highlighting 21st CCLCs, the strategies could be applied to any afterschool or summer program wanting to focus on literacy development. 

Learning Loss and Equity

This webinar provided a discussion among thought leaders about lessons learned and strategies for responding equitably to learning loss and other loss resulting from the pandemic and child care and school closures. They suggested a strengths-based response to what children have learned while at home with their families. Strategies that were shared included ideas about family engagement, supports for Indigenous children, mentoring partnerships, assessment, and ways to increase professional development opportunities and compensation. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Supporting English Learners

This two-part webinar series geared to practitioners offers an introduction on how to support English learners in afterschool programs. The first webinar identifies important background information, different types of English learners, how to collect data on needs, and tips on creating safe learning environments. The second webinar focuses on practical applications and implementation to support language acquisition through intentional activity design and staff training.

Engaged: Using Summer to Connect Students and Families

This webinar, facilitated by Attendance Works, explores how schools, public agencies, and community partners can use attendance and participation data to organize and tailor summer programs. It suggests a 4-step framework: (1) establish a team; (2) identify priority groups of students to reach; (3) craft engagement strategies; and (4) reflect, learn, and improve. It included excellent examples of summer programs from an Expeditionary Learning Charter School in D.C. and a rural district in Tennessee.