General Interest ARCHIVE

  • Whether you’re home with your own children, or helping with others’ kids, or planning curricula for when your afterschool or summer program starts up again, the Connecticut After School Network is posting lots of activities to do with children on our Facebook page. Take a look!

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  • Got some time to work on that professional development hours backlog?  Always aspiring to improve yourself, just always got your hands full–except now?  Well check out the Afterschool Alliance website. They are not only sharing COVID-19 considerations for the field–including steps you can take to help–but they also have a wealth of webinars on a […]

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  • Ok, so now what?  You’ve still got hours to fill and work to do.  We’re working to gather all of the best resource banks to support young people or and keep your own mind sharp.  Check out this one from RESC Alliance in partnership with CTSDE.  It highlights all sorts of educational resources available online […]

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  • Hello! My name is Mary and I am a part-time Professional Development Specialist with the Network. It’s day five of working from home and I have to say I’m going a little stir crazy. Even though there’s plenty to do, there’s something about suggesting social distance and discouraging in-person human interaction that has me going […]

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  • The Centers for Disease Control has released information to help after school, child care, and schools plan, prepare and respond to the coronavirus. You can find this information here: https://tinyurl.com/qutmzgh. Please read this information, share it with your staff and partners. And consider helping the children in your care to understand the best way to […]

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  • Looking for some professional development on-line recorded webinars while you’re working from home? The National Summer Learning Association has started its Spring Webinar Series, and has a number of options on their website that are available fore free on-demand from their Winter Series. Click here to view recordings from the past webinars in their Winter […]

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  • How to Prepare Children for Group Activities I have to say, I have conducted a few group activities that ended in chaos and have left me wondering what went wrong. Through my experiences, I have learned the skills and strategies that help children develop in learning the skills and benefits of working together in groups. […]

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  • Connecticut State Budget Update – February 10, 2020 On February 5, Governor Lamont released his proposed budget adjustment for the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2020. What does this mean for after school funding? The Governor’s proposal (on pages B-61 & 62) cuts $530,000 from the state-funded After School Grant Program, a 9% cut that would […]

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  • 5 Strategies that Help with Transitions When I visit our learning centers to conduct an observation, I pay close attention to how staff assist children with transitioning from activities.  Let’s face it, change is hard for adults but especially difficult for children. It is critical for staff to be able to transition students quickly and […]

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  • The National Afterschool Association just released The Landscape of Afterschool Leadership: Considerations for Supporting and Strengthening Diversity (click here to read full report).  As part of that work, NAA is now accepting applications from people of color in out-of-school time who hold mid-level management positions (i.e. site coordinators, program managers, etc.) and would like to […]

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