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Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces That Wow!

Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces That Wow!

Authors: Linda J. Armstrong, Christine A. Schmidt
Product Code: 541228
ISBN: 978-1-60554-122-8
Format: Softbound
Softbound $44.95 Qty: 

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Does your afterschool program have the WOW factor?

Create a high quality school-age program that is exciting, inviting, and reflects the interests, abilities, and needs of the children. 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 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 and social interactions of children, staff, families, and the greater community
  • Physical: Create sensory-rich indoor and outdoor spaces


  • Age focus: 5-12. Softbound, 240 pgs.
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    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.


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