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EDUCATION / ENVIRONMENTS Does your school-age program have the WOW factor? Whether your program operates before or after school, on non- school days, during the summer, or overnight, you can create a dynamic environment where everyone will enjoy spending time. This book is filled with hundreds of ideas—from setting up a quiet reading nook to tackling clutter—reflecting the authors’ years of experience and hundreds of visits to a variety of school- age programs. It takes you through all of the considerations “I absolutely love this book. It tackles complex issues and factors to help you transform your afterschool program into a place that children want to be as you foster their positive growth, development, and learning.” that affect your program and then lays out a process to help you improve the three dimensions of a school-age environment. • Temporal: Establish schedules, routines, rules, and learning opportunities to meet children’s needs • Interpersonal: Facilitate the relationships of children, staff, families, and the greater community • Physical: Create sensory-rich indoor and outdoor spaces —Carole Weisberg, Coordinator, Early Childhood and Youth Education Programs, Charter Oak State College “‘WOW’ is right! This book lives up to its title and more. I highly recommend this book for programs that are interested in taking their afterschool program to the next level.” —Teresa Gagnon, Executive Director of Child Care Quality Assurance for the Great Miami Valley YMCA Linda J. Armstrong is a consultant for child and youth programs throughout the country. She provides training and speaks at conferences around the world. Additionally, she serves in a variety of positions for several nonprofit organizations. Linda is the author of Family Child Care Homes: Creative Spaces for Children to Learn. Christine A. Schmidt is the owner of 2 CR Solutions, Ltd., a consulting, training, and technical assistance company for organizations that serve children. She is an approved trainer for the Ohio Quality Rating and Improvement System and presents trainings nationally. ISBN 978-1-60554-122-8 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL $44.95