Improving Programs, Policies, and Services to Promote Healthy Development in Middle Childhood in Afterschool Settings

This webpage includes links to briefs that identify interventions and practices important in afterschool settings that serve children ages 6-12. These briefs emerged from a study based on a literature review and case studies of five afterschool programs serving disadvantaged youth with a focus on supporting social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health. It also includes a brief on Sources, Use, and Adequacy of Funding for Five Afterschool Programs.  

Field Guide For Camps

This field guide has been revised for Summer 2021 camps. It includes 14 sections on basics on screening and preventing COVID-19 and a new section on vaccines. It has revised information on testing and non pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) that will still be critical in 2021 given the rate of COVID-19 and the risks from highly contagious variants. There are support videos on key topics like screening for day and overnight camps, cohorts, and NPIs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Afterschool & Summer in the Time of COVID-19

The Afterschool Alliance's webpage on COVID-19 offers a rich array of resources to help support Out-of-School Time (OST) system builders, administrators, and practitioners in navigating the challenges of the pandemic as they strive to effectively serve children, families, and providers. Topics include policy and regulations, reopening programs, tools for talking to schools, distributing meals and resources and staying connected, sustainability and funding, virtual programming, professional development, and community wellbeing.

Schools Are Closed, Minds Are Wide Open

This website is a compilation of learning resources from many organizations. It is organized so that both educators and families can access activities for grades pre-K-5 and grades 6-12. It includes virtual tours of national parks and museums, activities by subject area like social studies and math, and activities in Spanish for students who are English Language Learners. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Explore SEL

This website is designed to help navigate the complex field of Social and Emotional Learning to help schools and afterschool programs decide which skills to focus on and how to measure development of those skills. It includes a summary of SEL frameworks, its features, and the ages and settings in which framework is used. It also has a tab to compare two frameworks.

Adolescent Development

This website offers a wealth of information, resources, and state and national data sheets on a range of topics related to promoting positive youth development and helping deal with challenges that may arise such as pregnancy, mental health issues, obesity, substance abuse, relationships and dating violence, or illness. Includes links to on-line trainings, grants for teen programs, and research on teens. Designed for use by teens, parents, and professionals.

InBrief: Resilience Series

This webpage offers a variety of resources focused on building resilience in children who face adverse experiences, challenges, and/or hardships. It includes a research brief on the science of resilience, three videos that provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children, and links to related resources including an interactive game on building community resilience.

Child Care Aware of America's Emergency Preparedness Website

This website is tracking a number of issues on emergency preparedness relevant to school-age care (SAC) providers, including a new training to prepare for an active shooter, a listserv to share leading practices and resources, mobile texting resources to connect directors with parents, and tracking of severe weather. Some trainings are offered as webinars.

This website offers resources on a range topics related to healthy youth development, with the goal of helping users create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Topics are divided into 28 categories such as after school programs, employment, bullying prevention, expectant and parenting young families, LGBT, mental health, helping youth cope after a school shooting, substance abuse prevention, and transition and aging out. This website is useful for accessing current information on youth-related news, facts, tools, and resources.

Substance Use Disorder and Recovery

This website provides basic information about substance misuse among families with children. This is important information for providers to know in case there is a substance use problem among children or families served, and/or in case any staff may be using substances.