Create a high quality school-age program that is developmentally appropriate and filled with stimulating experiences. Colourful photographs and ideas reflecting the authors' visits to a variety of school-age programs, along with questionnaires and worksheets, provide inspiration and guidance as you plan a dynamic environment where children will enjoy their time. Whether your program operates before or after school, on non-school days, during the summer, or overnight, this book will help you think about your space in new ways. As you create a more engaging program, you will be encouraged to consider the Temporal environment: schedules, routines, rules, and learning opportunities that meet children's needs Interpersonal environment: the relationships and social interactions of children, staff, families, and the greater community Physical environment: the indoor and outdoor setting, furnishings, and architectural elements of lighting, colour, and physical layout of the space
Linda J. Armstrong is a consultant for children and youth programs throughout the United States. Additionally, she serves in a variety of leadership positions for number of non-profit organizations and has been an adjunct professor at universities in the US and New Zealand. Christine A. Schmidt is the owner of 2 CR Solutions, Ltd., a consulting, training, and technical assistance company for organisations that serve children birth through age 18. She is also the school-age expert for School-Age Toolshop, a program that offers coaching and training for parents of and people who work with school-age children.