Review by: Karin Gilbert, School-Age Specialist, Early Childhood Alliance, Northern IN - January 3, 2014
This book is a fabulous resource for afterschool professionals! Armstrong and Schmidt share quality ideas for all types of afterschool settings as well as solutions to challenges we all face. Colorful photos of real program examples and reproducible planning templates inspire you to get started on new ideas!
Review by: Carole Weisberg, ECE & Youth Edu Programs, Charter Oak State College - May 31, 2013
I absolutely love this book. It is truly comprehensive and covers all the important environmental areas in an afterschool setting, including those that impact the wellbeing of children, welcome families, and affect staff. The book, while easy to read, 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.
Review by: Teresa Gagnon, Child Care Quality Assurance, Great Miami Valley YMCA - May 31, 2013
"WOW" is right! This book lives up to its title and more. It provides all the insight and tools to create a quality environment in an afterschool program. I would highly recommend this book for new and existing programs that are interested in taking their afterschool program to the next level.