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This shared space program uses the cafeteria tables to add physical structure and flexibility in the use of the floor space. Photo 1.8 school classroom or cafeteria, you may be limited to individual desks or cafe- teria tables. Use bright tablecloths on the desks or tables to define space and help children know where an activity will take place. Use pillows and gym mats to create a comfortable area on the floor where children can read, listen to music, talk with friends, or just chill out, relax, and de-stress after a long day at school. Photo 1.9 Tablecloths that designate snack areas show children where snack is being provided and allow for easy cleanup. Is your water source in another room? Use a bucket to hold clean water (changed regularly) so children can wipe off table tops after a messy activity. Placing a rubber bath mat on the floor below the bucket will minimize acci- dents and damage if water gets on the floor. Dedicated Space School-age programs that operate in facilities or space in a building that is solely for their use are often referred to as dedicated space programs. Dedi- cated space for afterschool programming can be found in family child care homes, schools, churches and synagogues, and military facilities; however, most often it is located in a Soft spaces can be cre- ated in any area by adding a rug and pillows or a love seat. Corner nooks such as this one encourage children to relax and recharge. The rug, pillows, and books are changed easily to keep the environment exciting and fresh. building called a “center.” A significant aspect of selecting a facility—whether shared or dedicated—for school-age pro- gramming is ensuring that the health, safety, and well-being of children and staff are con- sistently maintained. Equally Photo 1.10 6 • Chapter 1 important is being housed in a COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL