Product Code:
541228 (Softbound)
978-1-60554-122-8 (Softbound)
Age Focus: 5-12
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Published by Redleaf Press

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

240 pages

Author Christine A. Schmidt took the time to answer some of our questions on inspiration, community building, and parent engagement. Click here to read her Author Spotlight interview.

About Linda J. Armstrong

Linda J. Armstrong has a broad background in education as a classroom teacher, early childhood program administrator, trainer, consultant and adjunct professor.  She holds three degrees in more..

About Christine A. Schmidt

Christine A. Schmidt is the owner of 2 CR Solutions, Ltd., a consulting, training, and technical assistance company for organizations that serve children birth through age 18. She has worked as a more..