Over the last several years there have been substantial federal and State investments in school age child care (including before- and afterschool care and summer learning supports). Many low-income families rely on these supports and nearly half (45%) of the children served by HHS-funded child care subsidies are school-age; each month, an average of 627,000 school-age children utilize these supports. Despite the large proportion of the subsidy population that falls within this age range, research, training, and quality improvement efforts still largely focus on the birth-to-five end of the age continuum. This session will raise awareness about the unique issues faced by school-age child care providers and administrators, as well as low-income families seeking high-quality out-of-school time care. We will also engage in discussion about how school-age child care can be a crucial part of emergency planning and phased re-opening that supports economic recovery, based on lessons emerging from the COVID-19 crisis.
This session draws on local, state and national research capturing provider and family to spark conversations about how research and policy can be moved forward.
• Heidi Rosenberg, Education Development Center (EDC), National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE)| School-Age Child Care Enrollment and State Policies
• W. Todd Bartko, James Bell Associates | Promoting Healthy Development in Afterschool Settings
• Shayna Funke and Melissa Davis, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) | Quality of School-Age Care in Licensed Child Care Centers
• Jillian Luchner, Afterschool Alliance | Researching Family Needs for High-Quality School-Age Care
• Juliet Taylor, Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington
• Pamala Trivedi, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation