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Q Quality Assurance System (QAS), 271 Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), 25 questionnaires. See assessments quiet areas, 12, 173, 230–33 See also homework assistance R reading activities. See literacy recalled toys, 46, 53 recessed lighting, 187 reflection on lesson plans, 88–89 on observations, 77 See also program evaluation registration forms, 132 regulations. See licensing requirements and regulations Rehabilitation Act, Section 504, 26, 142 relationships. See interpersonal envi- ronment resources, management of allocation, 33–34 community resources, tapping into, 9, 22 See also budgeting and finances responsibility, taking, 109 role models, adults as, 119–20, 125–26 role-playing, 111, 112, 117 rotating materials, 254 routines checklist, 84 compared to schedules, 96 as component of welcoming envi- ronments, 126 as environmental dimension, 10 examples, 96–97 rugs and floor coverings, 5, 174, 193, 207 rules, setting, 82, 97–101 S SACERS. See School-Age Care Environ- ment Ratings Scale (SACERS) SAD. See seasonal affective disorder (SAD) safety accountability systems, 58–62 art activities, 207 asbestos, 54 checklists, 49–51 clutter and, 257 cooking activities, 216 defined, 43 emotional security, 56–58 evaluations, 45 fire safety, 46–47 furniture considerations, 176 importance of, 43–44 indoor spaces, 45–46, 49–51 lead exposure, 46 outdoor spaces, 48, 51, 246 talking with children about, 44–45, 48 woodworking activities, 227 See also health and hygiene schedules assessing, 11–13, 83–84 backup plans, 91 checklist, 83 compared to routines, 96 as component of welcoming envi- ronments, 126 developing, 89–90 displaying, 90–91 as environmental dimension, 10 examples, 91–94 See also temporal environment School-Age Care Environment Ratings Scale (SACERS), 272 school-age daily schedule example, 92–93 science activities, 237–38, 240–42, 248 seasonal affective disorder (SAD), 182 security, sense of, 56–58 security and accountability systems, 57–62 self-esteem, 109–10, 120 self-expression, learning domain sup- ports, 72 sensory defensiveness, 195 sensory stimulation colors, 187–92 effect on behavior, 181 lighting, 182–87 patterns, 192–94 sensory play activities, 224–27 smells, 200–201 sound and acoustics, 198–200 textures, 195–98 shared space, 2–6, 173–74 shelves accessibility of, 140, 177 labeling, 140, 205 See also organization sign in/sign out systems, 59–62 Sisyphus, 251 site administrators, 19 smell, sense of, 200–201 snacktime assessing, 12 conversations during, 114–15 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL sample routine, 97 See also food preparation social-emotional development art activities, 208 blocks and building activities, 211 cooking activities, 217 dramatic play areas, 214 homework assistance areas, 244 importance of supporting, 105–6 indoor play activities, 219–20 learning domain supports, 71 manipulative activities/sensory play, 226 math/science/literacy activities, 240 media/technology areas, 236 music and movement activities, 223 outdoor activities, 248 quiet social areas, 232 social competence skills (seven C’s), 108–12 woodworking activities, 229 See also interpersonal environment social relationships. See interpersonal environment sound music listening, 221 sensory stimulation and, 198–200 space considerations dedicated space, 6–8 shared space, 2–6, 173–74 See also physical environment special needs, children with. See disabil- ities, children with spending. See budgeting and finances sports activities, 247 staff communication with, 9 competencies, 37 development and training, 27, 34, 40 diversity of, 130 encouraging input of, 39–40 ethical responsibilities, 31 job expectations and reviews, 36–37 observation and note taking, 38–39 stakeholders, including and welcoming, 130–31 states, accreditation and subsidization, 25–26 storage children’s belongings, space for, 174 grab-and-go caddies, 4, 175, 259 organizing materials, 174–75, 205 portable/temporary, 4, 175, 259 reducing clutter, 259 stress, coping with, 111 summer schedule example, 91 Index • 283