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National Foster Care Month Resource Toolkit

   Foster Youth, Prevention & Intervention

National Foster Care Month (NFCM) is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau that seeks to increase national awareness of foster care issues. Each May, we take time to recognize the important role that people from all parts of child welfare play in supporting children, youth, and families. This year, join us as we raise awareness about this year’s theme: “Engaging Youth. Building Supports. Strengthening Opportunities.”

Y4Y Summer Learning Planning Tools

   Curriculum & Enrichment, Summer Programs

Summer Learning Initiative Tools and Webinars from You for Youth – Here you’ll find all the tools you need for developing your Summer Learning Program. Please be sure to visit the corresponding step along the path! CREATING A PROGRAM TEAM CONDUCTING YOUR NEEDS ASSESSMENT WRITING SMART GOALS DETERMINING LOGISTICS INTENTIONAL ACTIVITY DESIGN INTENTIONAL STUDENT RECRUITMENT CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT ADDITIONAL TOOLS

Summer Game Plan Video Series

   Curriculum & Enrichment, Summer Programs

These videos include key practices, recommendations, and program models for school district and community-based providers looking for guidance on planning fun, engaging, and collaborative summer learning programs. These are all highlights from PCY’s 2021, 2022, and 2023 Summer Game Plan webinar series. -Relationships Are Keys to Success -Short Timelines Planning and Changing Models -Program Planning, Partnership, and Co-Design -Summer Staffing Solutions -Effectively Managing Site Operations -Program Scheduling -Daily Operations: Tips and Recommendations

Summer Learning Toolkit

   Curriculum & Enrichment, Summer Programs

The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit features evidence-based tools and guidance for delivering effective programs. During the summer, low-income students lose ground compared to their wealthier peers. But summer can also be a time to help level the playing field through high-quality, summer learning programs that research shows produce measurable benefits in math, reading and social and emotional learning. With more than 50, evidence-based tools and resources—drawn from the work of five urban school districts and their partners, and aligned with research from RAND—the Summer Learning Toolkit helps educators deliver programs that make a real difference.    

Alliance for Children Child Abuse Prevention Toolkit

   Child Advocacy, Physical & Mental Health, Prevention & Intervention

April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Help prevent child abuse by downloading the contents below and sharing them with your children. This Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit features printouts, worksheets for parent and child, videos, a Powerpoint presentation, hotlines to call, signage, and more.

NCJTC Child Abuse Prevention Resources

   Child Advocacy, Physical & Mental Health

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize the efforts of those who support children and strengthen families, and uncover the ways we can all play a part in keeping children safe and unharmed. We invite you to leverage the information, tools and resources we put together in this collection.

Free eBooks for Kids

   Curriculum & Enrichment, Digital Learning & Apps, Literacy Curriculum

Browse free books for kids and download free eBooks online in a variety of subjects and genres. Choose from over 5,000 free eBooks for kids from Barnes & Noble.

CDE Expanded Learning Opportunities Program Resources

   Advocacy & Policy

General information regarding the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program derived from Assembly Bill (AB) 130. The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P) provides funding for afterschool and summer school enrichment programs for transitional kindergarten through sixth grade. Read about the Law, Funding Results, Program Plan, Audit Guide, Frequently Asked Questions & more resources.

Smithsonian Black History Month Museum Collection

   Curriculum & Enrichment, Diversity, Equality, Cultural Competency

Explore Black History Month with your students using lessons, podcasts, activities, and primary sources curated by Smithsonian History Explorer. Examine collections of the Museum’s key resources on major themes in American history and social studies teaching. Additional resources can be found in the main search areas of their website.

Discover the Jackie Robinson Ballpark: A Lightning Lesson in African American History

   Curriculum & Enrichment, Diversity, Equality, Cultural Competency, History/Social Studies Curriculum

“Separate but equal” laws segregated society and culture in the United States for the first half of the 20th century. After World War II, the tide began to turn and one place where Americans saw a change was in professional sports. In 1946, African American baseball player and military veteran Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play on a white team in a segregated league. With support from his wife and community, he broke that “color barrier” during spring training in Daytona Beach, Florida, at the City Island Ballpark. Robinson earned the title Rookie of the Year in 1947, played in the World Series in 1955, and was a passionate Civil Rights activist when his athletic career ended. The “City Island Ballpark” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its association with him and renamed in his honor. This lesson explores Jackie Robinson’s life and the events of 1946, racism and “Jim Crow,” pop culture’s influence on a nation of laws, and the historic beachfront ballpark. This lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and other curricula that examine African American history and civil rights in the United States following World War II.