We are pleased to announce the new National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) Resource Library. Explore this curated collection of tools, information, and examples of promising practices, which is meant to inform and support your efforts to increase access and to improve the quality of programs for school-age children.
NCASE provides training and technical assistance to State, Territory and Tribal Child Care and Development Fund agencies and their networks and stakeholders. The goal of NCASE is to ensure that school-age children in families of low income have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement.
Visit the NCASE Resource Library and learn more about key topics in out-of-school time, including systems-building, quality improvement, family engagement, and professional development.
Observation and Assessment
The Quality Team of OregonASK serves afterschool programs by offering observation and assessment based on Oregon’s Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs. Like the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) for licensed child-care sites, using our Framework creates opportunities for continuous improvement and recognizes a job well done.
Another project of the Quality Team is supporting licensed, school-age childcare sites in encouraging staff to participate in and log their professional development and education in The Oregon Registry. The Team has been working with 40 sites in 2014 and will add 5 more in the New Year.
Areas of Interest
While OregonASK has three main initiatives that we provide additional guidance and support around (STEM, Summer Learning, Health & Wellness) we know that expanded learning opportunities include so much more. We’ve listed several other categories on interest for you to find resources and some of the most up-to-date research on.
Building Inclusive Programs
- Coalition for Community Schools – The most relevant and up-to-date resources related to community schools.
- TASC Promising Practices – Aims to build quality after-school programs by appealing to practitioners to reflect upon and share the processes they undertake in order to deliver desirable outcomes in their programs.
- Free Management Library – Complete, highly integrated library for nonprofits and for-profits & FREE!
- The Nonprofit Association of Oregon – Nonprofit statewide network serve as a resource for nonprofit organizations and provide consulting and training to nonprofit leaders, staff and volunteer.
- Foundation Center – Leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.
- Harvard Family Research Project – Out of school time articles available online
Quality & Evaluation
- Core Competencies: National Afterschool Association
The NAA core knowledge and competencies have been devoted to enable afterschool and youth development professionals to demonstrate expertise, knowledge and skills, and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities.
- Messaging Toolkit from TASC: Every Hour Counts – This messaging toolkit is for organizations that use expanded learning to improve opportunities and outcomes for youth. The toolkit focuses on helping the field use clear, crisp, consistent language. It provides strategies and tips for communicating effectively,it provides language to explain the value of expanded learning, and the role of expanded-learning systems in improving outcomes for youth.
- Promising Practices in Afterschool – An effort to find and share things that are working in afterschool programs. The PPAS website is for afterschool program directors who want to improve the quality of their programs.
- American Institute for Research – Features a guide to resources, including links to quality programming, evaluation, funding, afterschool advocacy, summer learning, and youth development. There also are specific sections for 21st CCLC grantees, state education agencies, etc.